My Attempt at the Soul Nebula
IC 1848, The Soul Nebula Imaged Weds., Oct 2, 2013
32 subs 4 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 8 Minutes
Updated Version: The Soul Nebula
Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)
Exposure: 2 hours 8 minutes (32 x 240s)
Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop
Support Files: 15 bias, 30 darks
Okay, I realize that the image above isn’t very impressive. My darn unmodded Canon Xsi isn’t picking up the reds the way an astro-modded one would. I think another 2 hours would really help. It’s always a delicate balance between pulling out data and keeping noise under control when processing an astro-image.
Thanks to a friend at my Astronomy Club, (RASC Niagara Centre) I have been given a few invaluable tips to progress my astrophotography knowledge further. Namely by using the Backyard EOS software for acquiring images in the field.
Currently, I use Canon EOS Utilities to run my camera and has been working fine, but Backyard EOS has features catered towards astrophotographers. The main feature I am interested in is dithering.
Another thing I am excited to try is stacking my raw files in photoshop rather than deep sky stacker. I have recently upgraded to Adobe Photoshop CC, and so far I am loving it. The updates to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR 8.2) and improvements to the sharpening tools are outstanding.