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There's a first time for everything.
I gave a talk on DSLR astroimaging at the inaugural Australian Astro Imaging Conference up on the Gold Coast last week.
I was inspired by several other presenters there and I decided to process some data.
This composition is my second "proper" image ever taken with my SBIG CCD, and, the very first time I've ever indulged in a mosaic. I believe in diving into the deep end and learning how to swim.
Presented here is a rough-as-guts work in progress, consisting of six panels of luminance frames, totaling about 11 hours of data thus far. The goal is to capture a 4x2 mosaic, giving 8 panels and approximately 70 hours of exposure in total. I'm not sure if I will reach that goal this season, but, you can rest assured I'm trying to get out to dark skies every chance I get.
I am very pleased with my messing about with PixInsight over the last two days. It is a mammoth bit of software and its power is seen through pretty much every operation that you ask it to perform. I look forward to getting to grips with its minutiae that will hopefully allow me to create pleasing images.
Note: the panel in the bottom right sticks out like a sore thumb as it has less data than the other panels.
SBIG STL-11000M, Takahashi FSQ-106N 530mm at f/5
bin 1x1 -30 degrees
Cheers for looking.