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Image taken with Canon 400D ISO 800 @ 210mm, 2x5min exposures combined,

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Comment by Russ Ruggles on November 17, 2012 at 8:04am

Ya, PS can be a chore for sure. I'm just learning myself.
Pretty darn good if you can get that exposure lenght without a n autoguide system.
I know what you mean about the "dry" spells between imagaing. This summer's monsoon season in Northern AZ brought me more clouds than I care to think about. I had about 90 days of constant clouds and it was driving be nuts missing out on all the goodies in the summer skies.

Comment by William Neff on November 17, 2012 at 7:54am

Hey Russ: thanks for the reply. Just to let you know, I have been out of the country "USA" for several months, wet season in centeral america, rain rain several times a day and night, just returned a couple weeks ago and went out to image some, almost forgot the set-up procedure, anyway, that image was from the Canon 400D camera mounted ontop the Celestron Edge800 HD, CGEM, been working on the bugs for longer tracking, balance seems to bee the main issue, and clear skies stable, polar alignment seems ok, sometimes I can get away with 30 minute exposures? most of the time 12-15 minutes before trails appear, the mount is fairly new and still need more practice, of course PS processing is a challenge.................

Comment by Russ Ruggles on November 16, 2012 at 5:15pm

Your stars are pretty round so you must be guiding somehow.
A suggestion if I may. While a lot more 5 min frames will get you more detail over the 2 you used you still got enough to be able to see what it is. On my screen your background is almost pure black. If you back that off a little to a lighter shade of black gray some of your galaxy will show up.


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