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Orion Nebula first Deep Space attempt

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:51 pm
by Troy Galebach
Well, by the standards of the others whose work I've seen here, my first attempt is underwhelming.
We've had so much rain and cloud here that I took a chance and took my FSQ-106 out and shot fifteen 5 second frames of the Orion Nebula.
Stacked using Siril and then processed with StarTools. At least I had a chance to use the new Camera, and grab some photons.
I know if I had the time to do a real polar alignment, and track 1000 frames, I'd have a much more satisfying result. But here it is, warts and all.

Re: Orion Nebula first Deep Space attempt

PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:03 am
by happy-kat
You have good star shapes.
If you were to add calibration frames for bias, darks, flats and dark flats you might help smooth out the noise.
There's a lot there for so little captured.

Re: Orion Nebula first Deep Space attempt

PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:05 pm
by Troy Galebach
Thanks Happy-kat

You would think that a 70 year old wouldn't get too excited about things. I did though, I never did noise reduction.
I did find that out, and I posted the noise reduced version on my personal website. I don't want to waste Ivo's server space with too much of my junk.
I think I did a better job of it, but I'm still learning so I'll not be too hard on myself.

If you our interested here is the URL, You'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page though. I posted the pic and a locator because our local paper published the photo, and it will look even worse in newsprint. I gave them the link so that any interested may hit the site and see it in higher resolution. I'm still learning everything, I have a Mallincam Video cam and know I can take darks and flats. I'll have to see what else their software supports, though all processing is on my Linux machine, I only use a Windows laptop to capture Video.

Thanks for the kind words if we ever get into calm and clear skies again, I'll be out seeing what else I can do while learning.