Image Processing in Photoshop: Bringing Your Time and Effort to Life

You've just spent hours, or even days or weeks collecting data for your latest object. You stack up all of your light frames with your calibration frames (darks, flats and BIAS) in DeepSkyStacker and let it do it's thing. What comes out is a very dim view of your object, or a even what looks …

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Imaging from Late Summer Into Fall (waiting for Orion season)

So you've gotten through the Milky Way objects in Sagittarius and they've have started to fade off to the West. After that marathon, you might be wondering where to go next. Don't worry, so many great objects are in prime spots, or are coming up! August In the Northeast, from top to bottom just after …

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PHD2 Polar Alignment Tool – Use It!

...If the celestial pole is visible. I'm late to the game on this, but I also think this tool has flown under the radar a bit. PHD2 added a Polar Drift Alignment tool in version 2.6.5, and it works great. SharpCap users might find the PHD2 tool similar to it's polar alignment tool. I would …

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Why Are We Always Whining About How Hard This Is?

You're just taking pictures of the sky, right? How hard can it be to just point something up and click a button? People generally aren't that condescending when asking about the difficulties of imaging deep sky objects, but they clearly don't understand how damn hard this is. And that's fine, why would they? Most people …

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Summer Opportunities for Everyone

June has arrived and the treasures of the Southern Milky Way are coming into a viewable window for me by about 11:30PM. Great objects like M51 and M101 are still perched high in the sky after dusk, but if I'm being honest, they don't pique my interest as much as the brightness of the Lagoon …

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What’s Important to You?

Noticeable changes in the sky usually take thousands of years to happen. Your kids noticeably change everyday if you're paying attention.  Since about Mid-April, life and weather got in the way of my hobbies. For about 6 weeks, I haven't had a truly clear night. On the acceptable nights, I just wasn't in the mood. …

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