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  1. Well considering that is a single pic taken through your phone, imagine what you could create with a couple of them properly stacked. My single pictures look really dark and you cant really tell if the Orion nebula is there, so if you used a stacking technique you might get really great results. It doesn't take that long to do, probably about an hour all for all ,couple of Light Dark and Bias frames and stacking to get amazing results. Try sequator for stacking if its your first time using stacking software and i can PM you the parameters i use for stacking. Have a good day and hope the skies clear sooner.
  2. The first picture is made with a Zhumell 118mm Spotting Scope at 30x, with a Samsung Note 9. I took around 180 Light frames, 120 Dark frames, no Flat frames and i reused the Bias frames from the second pic. The second picture is made with a Meade ETX 70, im not sure about the eyepiece, and the same phone. The light frames were 2 seconds because it would start trailing more than that and 800 Iso. I took around 120 Light frames, 100 Bias frames, 100 Dark frames, 20 Flat frames and 20 Dark Flats. I think for the image quality to be better you should use the pro mode, if the phone camera has it or use a third party app that allows you to manually control the settings and also shoot in RAW format. When using the pro mode its also important to manually adjust the phones focus so that it is on infinite and doesnt move while you're taking pictures. For the exposure time its basically trial and error, take a pic and adjust the exposure till you see round stars no trails. The note 9 has an advantage that it has the s-pen and i use it as an intervalometer sorta, i can press the button and it will take a picture without having to touch the phone and shaking the setup, but you can get an intervalometer app or can buy one for cheap online if you wanna get a bit more serious about phone astrophotography. Hope this helps, if you have any other question feel free to ask .
  3. Thank you for your replies, i tried stretching some photos of previous pictures i took of stars and it worked using the gimp method, but the orion picture still isnt good. I tried stretching it but the results are weird. I firstly changed the settings of DSS and used kappa sigma clipping, and did two stackings with higher value and lower one, but the final image is blury when i stretch it and the stars are weirdly shaped. Thanks for the tutorial tho, it helped with the other pics.
  4. Here are some pics i took of the Orion Nebula with my phone.
  5. Hi guys, im new to astrophotography and im learning a lot but the most problem im having is with deepskystacker. Ive done some imaging of Orion Nebula with my ghetto setup, its a smartphone with a telescope not for astronomy watching i believe. Everytime i try to stacking the pictures the outcome is really bad and quite dark, meanwhile when i use sequator it comes out better. Ive tried tweaking the settings on DSS but just cant seem to figure out the problem. I will attach both the Sequator result and DSS one for comparison and a single frame from the lights. I used over 176 Light frames at 800 iso and 1 second exposure time with dark and bias frames. If anyone is willing and has the time i can send the all the files from the session and send them to you if you can stack and see if the problem is the pictures or my usage of the program. Also a side question, the result of sequator is not bad but it seems slightly blury, so im wondering is it from bad focus, a stacking problem or the equipment just isnt that good to produce better stuff. Thanks a lot! -Raw unedited pic -Sequator Stacking Result -Deep Sky Stacker Result -My final edited pic of Orion nebula
  6. Also, I have no clue what i shot in those pics, i was aiming for the galaxy but couldnt find it so I just stuck with the first bright star i found. Also sorry didn't know TIF pictures wouldnt open in the wed thought they would upload normaly.
  7. Hi guys. I've recently started astrophotography and im a beginner. I'm using my phone for shooting some wideangle pics and also crafted this janky rig to fit over my Meade ETX 70 and my other telescope so i can take pictures with my telescope. The problem im having is with locating the objects I want to shoot. I was aiming for Andromeda galaxy but couldn't locate it since my phone doesn't have a very good exposure simulator, and the telescope doesn't have a viewfinder. If anyone has any advice with creating some DIY finder because i can locate the galaxy with my eyes but cant find it with the telescope. Also any advice with software, deepskystacker is good but the image output is too dark. I used Sequator and the image came better but a lot of noise. Here are the results of the shoot, one from DSS, and two from Sequator one edited and one not. Also here's my first picture of the andromeda galaxy with my phone wide angle. Cheers 20200817_013816.dng Raw Picture one of the frames Autosave002.tif DeepSkyStacker Result Sequator SCL + RDN + RDE C + RLP U M + ESL M.tif Sequator Results Sequator SCL + RDN + RDE C + RLP U M + ESL M-1.tif Sequator Edited In LightRoom A single exposure i did, my first Astro pic with some constellations and Andromeda galaxy
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