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Using PixInsight with the Rosette Nebula

Using PixInsight with the Rosette Nebula

Alright, here we go again sharing on YouTube and using PixInsight. The data and video are a quick 10,000ft view of PixInsight and how I use it to process images. Through the videos I discussed links I whould share. Here are those links. Links I speak about in YouTube...

Optolong L-eXtreme

Optolong L-eXtreme

Once again time to fork out more money from my poor wallet and spend it on my rig. This time I have spent my precious money on an Optolong L-eXtreme Dual-band filter. What this filter will do for my setup is it allows my new ASI533 OSC (One-Shot Color) camera to be...

ZWO ASI533MC Pro

ZWO ASI533MC Pro

I recently upgraded my rig once again. This time with the ZWO ASI533MC Pro one shoot color (OSC) cooled Astro camera. What makes this OSC so lovely is the ability to cool the camera. What cooling does is helps with the noise reduction for images of deep space objects...

ZWO ASI Air Demo

ZWO ASI Air Demo

So a handful of users wanted me to show off my rig on the CloudyNights forum. I took some time to walk through all the hardware and software and decided to show it off using YouTube. It's a total of 6 videos in the playlist....

Fo Drizzle my Nizzle

Fo Drizzle my Nizzle

So as I continue to learn more about PixInsight and learn more about capturing the heavens above I have now learned about Drizzle. What is Drizzle you ask? Drizzle (or DRIZZLE) is a digital image processing method for the linear reconstruction...

Processing the Stars | M31

Processing the Stars | M31

PREFACE My favorite forum I am on these days is Cloudy Nights (CN). It has a lot of fantastic people all working together to enjoy the stars and learn together. I mostly spend my time learning and helping where I can at the Beginning Deep Sky Imaging section. So what...

ZWO EAF / RedCat 51

ZWO EAF / RedCat 51

So I recently popped for the ZWO EAF (Electronic Auto Focuser) and paired it with my RedCat 51 using an amazing mounting bracket system developed by Deep Sky Dad!!! It took me roughly 15-20 minutes to tear it all down and put it together and man does it work fantastic...

Exposure Time

Exposure Time

So as I continue to take pictures of deep skies objects I have found the key to taking better photos with less noise is to dither but to get greater detail and colors you need to shoot longer. While I say longer which could mean longer exposures I also mean longer as...

Why Dithering and proper Flats matter

Why Dithering and proper Flats matter

So as I have been using my Astro rig more and I ran into an issue with significant noise in my images. Now, this is not to be confused with SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) this is just straight noise in the image caused by hot or cold pixels on my camera sensor being in...