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Frustrations with PHD Guiding

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M81 and M82I had a heck of a night this Friday at my Astronomy Clubs observatory.  The skies were clear for the first time in weeks, and I was excited to shoot Orion before it gets too low in the sky until next year.  Everything seemed to be going great until it was time to calibrate PHD guiding.  Even though my mount was polar aligned perfectly (I did it several times), PHD would not calibrate (Star did not move enough) I spent almost 3 hours trying to get it to work with no luck.  Since Orion was long gone by then, I decided to change direction and just shoot some unguide…

M78 Project – Done!

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M78 - Reflection Nebula in OrionI am finally done my "winter project" of M78 in the constellation Orion. The winter weather in the Niagara Region doesn't bode to well for astrophotographers as the clear nights are slim to none. Last night, however, I was able to squeeze in another 1.5 hours of shooting on this beautiful subject. I am satisfied with my results, and look forward to moving on to my next project, The Orion Nebula:) Thanks for looking!72 frames 4 and 4.5 minute exposures5 hours 30 minutes total exposureStacked with darksES ED80 Triplet ApoASCG-5 GTOrion Mini GuidescopeMeade DSI IIC…

Astrophotography Processing Graphic

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Basic Processing of an Astro-Photo I created a graphic showing the basic steps needed to turn a raw stacked astrophoto into the final image. This was from data collected in July at the CCCA Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario. I wish I had framed the object better so I could have included M20, oh well, next year!