Well tonight was the big test, it was the first time that all (well nearly all not that new camera I got) the recent tweaks I had made to my Deep Sky Imaging setup had come together
My 350d with the filter removed
My Guiding setup
A new bit of guiding software
and critically the Macbook pro - my Acer had poor usb power as it turns out ( not something that would matter for a mouse but for sub pixel guiding of optical equipment its quite important
First Target in Cygnus the Swan was the Pelican nebula
These are summer objects and low down in the sky but I was just desparate to take pics of some nebulas again
Hope you can tell why it is called the Pelican
(these look better if you click the enlarge bar then expand the image)
2 hours worth of 7 minute exposures at iso 800 all stacked and then calibrated, tweaked in photoshop
I need to spend some time fiddling with it to make myself happy but it will do for now .
And an hour of the same length Subs on the North American Nebula
I especially love the 'Mexico' region.
Last year I really really struggled to get these images by lightening the image to the point of whiteout, now with the new setup I was 'darkening down!'
Definitely getting there