A big thank you to All About Space magazine for the Stargazer feature on some of my work in the current issue (20). I was fortunate enough to make my 1st mention in the magazine towards the end of 2012, with a follow up now end 2013.
Ironically both features included M42, imaged almost exactly a year apart.
(Click here to read more about processing M42)
In short, to sum up a year in astrophotography I learned that:
More is better; get enough data, and then some more, if you want to make your image look like something worthy.
Invest time; Spent adequate time in setting up and aligning properly, it paves the way for great images.
Start using calibration frames; Truthfully these will improve the overall quality, reduce noise and uneven illumination. I’m a big supporter of dark, bias and flat frames. However… Don’t let it hold you back from imaging. If you’re a newcomer don’t get too overwhelmed with these, they will come in time.
Don’t blame the gear; I’ve seen amazing results from less superior optics mixed with loads of dedication and determination by imagers. Good post processing techniques are bridging the gap.
Check out the new All About Space issue, great read. www.spaceanswers.com