More EAA fun with the Sony IMX224-based camera. This was taken during the nightime of Dec 12/13, 2017. The final version here has over 80 minutes of data. It was acquired in a high LP environment with no filters on the camera except for the UV/IR cutoff.
I need to get a UHC filter for it, but as you can see, I might do good to use none just to get the base colors and use the UHC just for extra nebulosity, only.
I rushed to setup and shoot this one before it went behind a tree. It was only 97 frames at 8 seconds for a total of about 13 minutes. But, I love how it turned out with this Sony IMX224 camera. It looks as good as or better than most of my DSLR shots of the same object.
It looks even better if I combine the two cameras’ datasets into one image to get the best of both:
I tried long exposures with no gain and no darks using the Rising Tech Sony IMX224 eyepiece/guider cam to image the Owl Nebula, recently. I was using it like I would one of my Canon DSLR cameras with long exposures at low ISO when shooting in bad LP conditions.
Hot pixels were worse than I thought, so I had to do some aggressive noise reduction. Next time, I will definitely use darks based on this experience. The camera has low read noise, but not low hot pixels with exposures this long.
The Crab with an 85mm objective. Scopes of this size are not normally known to produce good images of M1, the Crab. But, I tried anyway since I am still learning the ropes with the IMX224.
Taken from the middle of a metro area in a Bortle Red zone. 8 sec seems to give good results with the LP levels at this location. More exposure just gets more LP and very little more, if any, faint target material.
Above is the gussied-up and gaudy version. Below is the not-so-gaudy version with less saturation and curves boost.
I also left more green behind, since the Crab has some green parts. It shows that better but also shows more of the LP that I had to cut through to get the shot.
Here is a roundup of objects I was able to see during my most recent Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) observing session. These were taken in a Bortle Red zone and under a nearly full moon on Dec 1, 2017.
Images of Comets, Nebulae, Galaxies and Star Clusters