Thanks for sharing your story. Great synopsis. Looks like you went all out on your first attempt at eclipse photography and your results speak for themselves! This was also my first time (after 4 previous eclipses) that I worked to get decent pix although without the electronically controlled system you had. Still tweaking my composite image since my last post - never satisfied. I'm always impressed at the sharp, high contrast composites people make with only a half-dozen frames or so. With anything less than ~30 exposures I got a lot of noise.
What were your focal length, f-stop, ISO, etc? And where exactly were you (I think we were nearby in E OR near the ID border)?
Thanks for your reply Ejohn88.
I was approx 20 miles west of Huntington, Oregon, just slightly north of the eclipse center line.
Canon T5 camera, WO GT71 scope, AVX mount, Solomark F50 guidescope w/ altered generic webcam using LuSol Guide Software, Camera controlled by 'Eclipse Orchestrator' software.
Being first time at this I just went with the basic recommended settings of Eclipse Orchestrator, so during totallity, all pictures were shot at 100 ISO, I calculated my F/stop for 5.9, and eleven pics at 1/400, 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/13, 1/6, 1/3, .6, 1.3 and 2.5 exposure increments. plus two at 4 sec for earthshine. After the earthshine pics it took the eleven again. I only used the second set of the eleven. I wish I would have tried 1/3 or 1/2 steps starting at 1/800 to get more inner corona detail and reduce the ring effect of stacking. I just wasn't sure if my camera could fit that many exposures in the amount of time, so played it safe.
As far as my finished picture, its all a matter of personal preference. I did a few attempts using the HDR technique with fair resusts but I felt they look a tad faky. Also tried the radial blur technique but ultimately went with photoshop's high pass filter. I like the more flat images and also don't mind the soft haze. I also did not add any blue as I personally like the natural color. Like I said, matter of personal preference.