Now that was a perfect long weekend!
New moon and dark skies far from the city lights for two nights.
I took a lot of photos with the new EQ6-R mount, Canon 600D (modified) camera, an Orion ED80 EON and a Meade 8″ SCT. There will be a lot of processing required over the next few weeks to get all the photos out. I experienced a lot of problems but that is par for the course by now.
The first photo is the Rosette Nebula. About 5,000 light years away and visually it’s about three times larger than the Orion Nebula. Its is not bright and require a large telescope to see it under dark skies. If you want to take a photos of it, it is a great target, not too difficult and it is located high in the sky this time of year, just east of Orion.
This image was processed from 22 light frames and 6 dark frames of 2 minutes each. I used the Orion ED80 (500mm focal length) and Canon 600D (modified).
Processing was different this time. I had a lot of noise in the light frames and tried processing each individual frame in LightRoom 4 for noise reduction before I stacked all of them in DSS and processed further in LR4. What do you think?