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20 @ 30 sec, ISO 1600
10 @ 10 sec, ISO 400
12 Blacks
DSS, Canon processing
Orion 80ED, Canon T3

Slowly improving...

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Comment by Eric Hughes on November 14, 2012 at 5:14pm

I dunno what happened to my post, but…

Thanks, Steve! And yes, that's the one Bob recommended, too.

Comment by Steve Coates on November 13, 2012 at 6:14pm

Excellent work Eric. THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM 3 WEEKS AGO!! This is so much more than my first images. If you are shopping for a LP filter I highly recommend the IDAS Light Pollution filter . Keep up the good work.

Comment by Trevor Jones on November 13, 2012 at 8:16am

Lookin' good Eric, nicely framed

Comment by Russ Ruggles on November 13, 2012 at 6:29am

Before you buy a filter you should consider one with Minus Voilet which would clean up your halos around the stars.
Hutech makes a good one and there are others as well. Depends on how much money you want to spend and what your long term plans are.

Comment by Eric Hughes on November 13, 2012 at 6:03am

Thanks, Russ!

Yeah not auto guiding yet, just using the tracking from the goto. My camera (Canon T3, I'm still learning it too) has a bulb setting, and I gave it a go last night on a 1 min exposure, but started getting pretty streaky stars, so I just stayed at the 30 sec. Also, I'm sorta worried about the ambient light pollution with longer exposures as well. Bob W. told me about a light pollution filter, so I'll be looking into that soon. But other than that, I feel like I'm getting somewhere! A far cry from 3 weeks ago, when I couldn't even get my camera and the scope to communicate! :)

Comment by Russ Ruggles on November 13, 2012 at 5:33am

Not bad at all Eric. 10 and 30 second exposures get you quite a bit.
What's the longest exposure you can take with your setup? You're not autoguiding yet right.

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