Finally bought a Redcat 51 to dabble in Deep Sky Astrophotography. Now I'm looking for a little help developing a workflow & field craft. I've done single long exposure wide field stuff with camera & lens for a few years with reasonable success, but now it is time to step out of my comfort zone & try something new.
Most pressing is taking multiple images that can be stacked and post processed. How to expose? Under? Loose shadow detail. Over? Blow out highlights. There has got to be a sweet spot. What is it? How to set it up?
Next thing is software. I have LR/PS & Topaz(noise reduction). What Astro specific software should I consider for stacking/post processing? I have a Mac & Linux machine to run that on.
My imaging gear is pretty basic. Fujifilm XT-2, astro/full-spectrum modified; iOpton Star Tracker Pro; the tripod that was recommend for it at time of purchase and of course the Redcat 51. The tracker/tripod set up is pretty minimal but should be ok for starting out. I'll probably add a counterweight before long.
When I started wide field stuff I used a book from Alan Dyer (https://www.amazings...NightscapesBook) that walked though everything in a way that resonated with me. Maybe there is a similar book for deep sky stuff?
TIA for the help.
Edited by rcerkon, 16 January 2021 - 11:06 PM.