An introduction from a long time lurker
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:52 PM
I've been lurking around this forum for a long while, but never have worked up the courage to share my rather limited images before.
I started my interest having finding a Meade ETX-60AT at a yard sale for $25 and pointing my camera through an eyepiece at the moon. They didn't turn out terribly well, but it started me down this rabbit hole of a hobby.
In the spirit of keeping it cheap and simple, just about everything I have is used and not best equipment for astrophotography, but I think I've gotten some very nice results with a very modest budget.
Below are AstroBin links to some of my better images. I have a few more to add that I don't have handy to upload right now.
All of these where taken with a Celestron Nexstar 80mm F/11 refactor that was never meant for serious use, on a CG-5, using a Sony NEX-5 at prime focus. I don't have any guiding equipment yet, and my camera tops out at 30s exposures unless you use the Infrared remote that is hard to be accurate in timing manually. I recently reprocessed most of these in PixInsight when I started my trial. The Moon and the Milky Way where done in FitsWorks, which is what I used before the PixInsight trial. I am fairly poor at processing still, but these do look a lot better than my previous attempts.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:37 PM
That is some good work you have done there. Welcome to the fun!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:57 PM
That's an understatement. Pretty amazing images for unguided. Welcome.
but I think I've gotten some very nice results with a very modest budget.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:22 PM
Welcome to Cloudy Nights.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:04 PM
Those are some fantastic images, especially for the equipment you are using! Keep at it and keep posting!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:55 PM
Until I got the CG-5 and Celestron telescope, I could only get decent images of the moon, as most everything else looked awful. (I also didn't keep good records back then, so I don't know all the details on many of those shots.) So seeing things like M42 and M13, and knowing that I took those pictures is all the more amazing.
I'm open to hear anyone's suggestions on ways to better improve my images. I imagine that my processing skills are rather lacking, as I can never follow any tutorial online because mine turns out looking worse than it started.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:51 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:59 PM