Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_2019_sp_banner.thumb.jpg.a0ff260c05b90dead5c594e9b4ee9fd0.jpg

chiralchemist

First attempt at 'proper' tracking with M44

Recommended Posts

Been fiddling around with tracking mounts for a while now but have been limited by equipment (only an EQ3). Last November I managed to get hold of a second hand HEQ5 mount and last night I managed to give it a go for the first time, looking at M44. I was quite impressed by the result:

M44 18th April 2014 small

Quite please with the result in the end, given my longest frames have only ever been 15s in the past.
I used a Canon 1100D, ISO 800, with a 105 Sigma lens at f4.5. The picture is a result of 20 x 40s frames (of course with the usual flats, etc) followed by processing in Deep Sky Stacker and GIMP. I used APT (astrophotography tools) for the session which really helped. I'd previously tried using an illuminated reticule eyepiece to do drift alignment, but the function in APT was excellent. It also really helped to plan the session, since I knew what size the object would be. Setting up the session was easy as well.
Hardest part was actually processing as I couldn't seem to get colour into the picture. I'm quite pleased with the final result.
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice image im a bit supprised that you couldnt get the EQ3 to at least 90 seconds though.

Alan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.