Hello to the group this new "Novice." My name is Russ and I have just purchased my first telescope since having a "toy" scope back in the mid '60's. I am now retired and living in a relatively dark area of Texas in the Panhandle, on a farm just outside the small town of Dimmitt. (Maiden head: DM84un). I am also an amateur radio operator, call sign: KW5KW, the only active ham in Castro county. I have on order a Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution 8 with Starsense and an Revolution Imager R2 from Orange County (Mike was a real help) with mounts for my Nikon camera bodies (D5200 and D7200). It is due in the middle of the week. I just hope I can get it going before Christmas so I can give the grandkids a star show when they get here from Dallas. I know this will meld in with my photographic hobby, I'm just not sure how it will correlate with my radio hobby outside of tracking the ISS while talking to the astronauts (most of whom are hams also.)
Concerning photography… What programs do most people use to "stack" photos? I currently use the FREE Gimp ( https://www.gimp.org/ ) for my photo processing needs as it is FREE. Does anyone else use Gimp for astrophotography? If not, what free or low cost computer programs does one use? I don't mind spending money on hardware, camera's, lens'; radio's, towers, antennas, tripods, and obviously now on telescopes, but I really dislike paying for Photoshop when Gimp does the exact same thing.
I retired from the Texas Department of Public safety as a PCO III (most people say dispatcher, but we are considered officers/operators in the department) and you can see more details at: https://www.qrz.com/db/KW5KW
So, 73's to the group and hope to see you down the waterfall (ham speak)