I'm watching the days tick by and some good targets are falling into the horizon. Today I watched a video by Nico of Nebula Photos on Youtube. Inspired by the result with inexpensive equipment I thought to myself that I'd love to try my hand at the Lagoon Nebula. This thought disappeared when I looked at the star chart. It looks like I've missed another promising target.
I really would like to switch gears once in a while away from the galaxies and give some of the more prominent nebulas a try. The problem is that every time that I try doing so I am not seeing the target, and even if I could I don't know if I would be able to adequately process the image if I could.
I own a UHC-2 filter which I only used once with disappointing results. I don't really know what to expect out of the filter. I bought the filter realizing that it would not bring in as much brightness as I would without the filter. My hope was that by taking more photos of a subject that I would be able to get a very good color representation including the harder to capture color ranges such as HA. I also have heard that you could get just as good of results if I was to process out the colors, you would perhaps just scale back on some colors and pull out the needed colors.
I am wondering at what point does it make more sense to use a filter such as that which I own over going without a filter? Would you use the filter if your photos would be otherwise over exposed with some of the color so you could pick out the correct detail? Or would you use the images collected with the filter to combine with images captured without a filter?
I would love to get some images of a decent nebula if I knew it was possible to get a stack up that you could be proud of. I have captured some images of Orion over the Winter months, but nothing else that I've tried has showed to be promising. With the equipment I have might I be able to capture decent nebula images? The imaging equipment that I have ranges from a 50mm lens, a 180mm lens up to my Apertura 60mm telescope. I am shooting this with a Nikon D5500.
I believe the lesser problem might be in acquiring the target given a close examination of the stars with the neighborhood of the target even though in some respects this is a little like finding a blind target.
I don't have a lot of money to work with but I would like to at some point make purchases that would increase the capability of capturing nebula type targets. I am wondering whether it might be a good investment to get a used DSLR with the full spectrum mod? I like the idea of doing this because I already have several lens which could outfit to this. I don't know though if there might be ways in which a limited amount of money might be spent.
Processing wise I do feel there may be a little bit more promise for the future. I own the Astro Pixel Processor software but I just recently picked up a seat of StarTools which I really appreciated how well it drew colors out with Andromeda.
I've been mulling this over for a long time. I'm hoping that there might be some good advice on the best approach to take with taking advantage of what the sky has to offer.
Edited by Paul in Northern Michigan, 13 August 2020 - 06:40 PM.