Brief Gear Rundown

It will take a few posts to go through my entire astro-imaging rig, but for now here is a brief rundown of the outdoor setup. I will write some additional posts later that explain the control system that I use to run everything. My setup has gone through many iterations, but in it’s current form…


M63 from Oregon Star Party 2016

Finally processed this data of M63, the Sunflower Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. This required quite a bit of work in PixInsight to fix residual gradients, and it has taken me a while to get to the point where I have a final image that I’m happy with. As always, I’m sure I will…


Gamma Cygni Nebula from Oregon Star Party 2015

Still reprocessing old data using PixInsight, now that I have a better idea of the process flow. This data was captured at Oregon Star Party last year, but my initial processing (using Maxim DL) was not particularly satisfactory. No doubt I will come back to this again at some point as I add additional steps…


PixInsight Workflow First Pass

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have found it necessary to write out a formal workflow for PixInsight to map out the process. I started out with a pretty bare bones workflow and subsequently added in various additional steps as I became familiar with each of the tools. As of the time of writing,…


NGC5905 & NGC5908 from Oregon Star Party 2016

This is the best process so far of just over 4 hours of data featuring the pair of galaxies NGC5905 and NGC5908 in the constellation Draco. These are extremely faint galaxies (both magnitude 12) and pulling a good image from the background noise is extremely challenging, even with several hours of data. I will probably…


Adventures with PixInsight

I have recently switched fully over to using PixInsight for image post-processing, and given the superior results, am busy going back over old data and reprocessing. PixInsight has a very steep learning curve, and I am by no means at a point where I can claim to be an expert. I strongly suspect that I…


M33 from Oregon Star Party 2014

Getting caught up with old data. This is a reprocess of M33 from last year’s Oregon Star Party. This took me quite a while to get processed correctly because I messed up the capture due to incorrectly noting the position of the filters in my filter wheel. I had positions 1 – 4 of the…


NGC891 from Oregon Star Party 2014

  This was my one carefully pre-planned image for the 2014 Oregon Star Party: taking into account the large field of view afforded by the Takahashi FSQ-106, I mapped out a view that would encompass a large number of galaxies around the region of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC891. NGC891 is a 10th magnitude galaxy…


Repost: Cepheus OB4 from Oregon Star Party 2014

Final (for now) process of images of star forming region Cepheus OB4 captured at Oregon Star Party. To the left of the image is diffuse nebula NGC7822, with the OB4 complex to the right. The bright star just below center right is BD+66 1679, a magnitude 5.7 K1 star which is the only naked eye…


Reprocessing: M45 from Oregon Star Party 2014

M45 captured at Oregon Star Party in 2014. This was somewhat opportunistic; I hadn’t imaged this object in a long time, and hadn’t planned to this time around, but after opening the door of my trailer at 2am and seeing it in a perfect position in the sky to image, decided it would be worthwhile….