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Imaged from the CCCA Observatory, May 18/19th.

This is one of my on-going projects for the summer. So far I have only got about 1.5 hours of good exposures, but plan on adding more. I suppose I could have waited until then to post this, but I'd love to here some constructive criticism on the processing.

21 x 240" ISO 1600

Stacked with darks

Orion Mini Guidescope
Meade DSI II
Canon 450d unmodded
Stacked in DSS
Processed in PS CS5

  • Currently 5/5 stars.

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Comment by Steve Byrne on May 23, 2012 at 11:54am

Trevor, there are some EXCELLENT tutorials there! One thing to note, as stated earlier, download the astronomy tools actions.

Comment by Trevor Jones on May 23, 2012 at 11:30am

Thanks for the input Russ. I am currently awaiting my acceptance to the group!

Comment by Russ Ruggles on May 23, 2012 at 9:56am

I think your stars are blown out because you pushed it too hard for detail. Now that you're in the DSLR processing group you'll see ways to help prevent that.

Comment by Trevor Jones on May 23, 2012 at 9:06am

This is with the "Shrinking Stars" technique applied. Bob, I do not have that actions set. I will give a try!

Comment by Trevor Jones on May 23, 2012 at 8:43am

Thanks for the comments guys! Steve, about the stars, it is an on-going issue for me. I found a tutorial for shrinking stars but it looked a little unnatural. Any tips for me? I assume better focus is the answer?

Comment by Steve Byrne on May 23, 2012 at 8:23am

Nice image. I rarely see this imaged with an unmodded cam. Its a nice change when the blue channel isn't completely swamped out by the red channel. My only critique would be the stars are a little blown out.

Comment by Steve Coates on May 23, 2012 at 3:37am

Post 'em if you got 'em! Nice image Trev! You have quite a bit for 1.5 hours. Nice work.


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