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Our galactic centre near Sagittarius. Lagoon and Trifid nebulae centre image.
Cannon EOS 400D unmodified with 75-300mm lens at F/5.6
12 x 2 minute exposures at ISO800
Piggybacked on fork mounted and polar aligned Nexstar 11 GPS
Darks subtracted and processed with Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop
The sky was beautiful tonight until the moon took over. Friday nights are my best night, but there are so many factors against limiting yourself to a particular night per week. I would have added more subs, but the extra light in the sky may have ruined it.
When I first started the website, using a pretty ordinary default template, I managed around 5000 hits in a year. Since Ron came along, enhanced my site, gave it a bit of a makeover it has turned over another 45,000 hits in 8 months!
I also would like to thank everyone on the forums. The great people I have met here, who gave me advice, encouragement and just general interest have all contributed to a site that has become a runaway train of ideas and ideals, resources and inspiration.
I found the airbrush tool on photoshop, so I thought I would have a bit of a play around with it and see what it could do. The first two pics are about 1/2 hour each of work. The Third is 1 hour. THe last I did tonight took me 3 hours.
This thing it HEAPS of fun!!! Found something to do with my cloudy nights!!