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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Even More About Light Pollution

As July wears on, I've had several nights out imaging, and most of them successful. This, despite the fact that the targets I'm shooting are about 24-32 degrees high and directly over the selection in the image below. That 128.88 is a measurement of radiance. It might as well be the middle of the day. …

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64-bit Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) is Here!!

I stumbled upon this last night after not imaging for a couple weeks due to weather. There are no release notes on the version, but I've been waiting for this since I started, so I went ahead and downloaded it. So far, so good. The look and feel are basically the same with only slight …

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Imaging in Severe Light Pollution: Part 1 – Unmodified DSLR

I've updated some information for modified DSLRs in a new post here. The tips below are for use with an unmodified camera. Though this is valuable for a modified camera, there are differences and I've chosen to separate the two. Imaging in severe light pollution with a Modified DSLR The map above is about where …

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