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  1. Amazing image, Nightfly! Almost makes me want to give up with my Canon 1100D.
  2. Thanks, George! I was quite pleased with my end result considering I am new at this. Nowhere near the quality of some of the others that gets posted. As far as my setting go, in Manual mode, ISO 800 or 1600. At 800 I find you get less noise and less light pollution but if you have really dark skies go with 1600. I did 20 second exposure because at 25 and 30 you will start to see slight star trails forming when zoomed in, assuming you are just using the camera on a tripod and not tracking. I used the lens that comes with the kit which is an EF S 18-55 mm zoom lens, set at 18mm (zoomed all the way out). Two other things to check is to make sure the focal length is on the smallest number, I think like F/4 for the lens mentioned, so it gathers as much light as possible. Second, change the White Balance to Tungsten. I find that if I use auto or other setting it will give an ugly, reddish tint. Tungsten will make it look more natural. You will notice that the camera will pick up ANY light pollution nearby, so I had to drive south of the city for this shot. Also, the closer to the horizon you are shooting, the more light from towns and cities will be picked up. Try those setting and see how it works for you. Don't be afraid to experiment, you might find something better than I have and plus it's fun to see the different results. The best way to learn your way around the camera. Here is the original photo with no stacking and no editing. Sagittarius and Scorpius Original by pbrad1974, on Flickr I am interested in how it works out for you, George. Keep me posted with your results. Clear skies!
  3. I am getting a little better each time. This time I focused on Sagittarius and Scorpius. 20 images stacked, ISO 800, Exposure 20 seconds each. I can't seem to get the light pollution to fade out though. Comments and suggestions welcome. Thanks. Sagittarius and Scorpius by pbrad1974, on Flickr
  4. Bingo! Problem is fixed, I went and downloaded the beta version. Much thanks guys!
  5. I am having problems with my end result from DSS. Instead of getting the full stacked image, I get a thin cropped image. I am trying to stack 20 light, 20 dark, 20 flat and 20 offset. Can anyone give advice please? Sent from my HTC Inspire via Tapatalk.
  6. The same image stacked with 7 images. Ursa Major Edited by pbrad1974, on Flickr
  7. To be quite honest, this is my first DSLR. I am learning every time I use it and I love it. The lens that comes with it is Rubbish though, in my opinion. I am purchasing more, one for wide angle and another zoom lens. Now I just need to spend more time learning how to stack and properly edit the images to reduce the noise.
  8. Love the overlay as well, I think I might adopt the idea for future posts.
  9. Taken last night. 30 second exposure at ISO 1600. No editing was done. Hercules by pbrad1974, on Flickr
  10. Somewhat shakey, but while out last night I was able to get a shot of a UH-60 flying by. 20 second exposure.
  11. I went up north just a bit to get away from all the street lights and take some photographs. This is my second attempt with my 1100D and after some tips from Digz, I was able to get much better photographs. I was able to photograph M81, M82 and the majority of Ursa Major. However, to be able to see both Messier objects you have to view the image in the original size and then just barely able to identify them. I also took a few of Leo but they left slight trails. I also tried to use Deep Sky Stacker with my images but all I got as a result was an extremely thin image. Nowhere close to the size of the original photos. Not sure what happened. So, the image below is the original with no editing. Canon Rebel T3/1100D Exposure: 20 sec, ISO 1600, f/4.0, Focal Length 18mm
  12. Digz, I did adjust the zoom after focus. Might be the problem now that I think about it. I will try the tape trick.
  13. Digz, yes it's the Canon EOS T3 / 1100D. I used manual focus and the lens is the 18-55mm that comes with it. The camera setting were ISO 1600, 20 sec exposure, f/4 or 5 ish? I zoomed all the way out too. Like I said, I don't have a laptop so using the EOS Utility is out of the question. Looking at the photos, ISO was set too high. I should've just used 800.
  14. I have used the search funtion but couldn't find much, although I'm sure it's been discussed plenty of times. I took my T3 out last night and took roughly 16X20 sec pictures last night. On a tripod and widefield. The focus was out on all of them. I took a test picture then brought it up on live view to see if the focus was good but it was hard to tell. What are some of the tricks that some of you use to focus properly? Using a laptop is out of the question for me.
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