The astrophotos on this page were taken from my front deck with a Canon Digital Rebel. They are, of course, focused and captured with iAstroPhoto.

Alignment (including de-rotation), stacking, processing and compositing via Photoshop CS

These deep sky photos were taken with a Meade 12" Starfinder Dobson hot-rodded with a Dob-Driver II tracking system, a 2" motorized NGF focuser and a Meade ETX-90 for tracking.  While it is possible to take time exposures up to 3 minutes with this system it is very difficult.

The Great Nebula in Orion, M42 

This is a masked composite of the following stacks of exposures: 3 x 15" at ISO800, 4 x 120" at ISO 1600, and 1 x 180" at ISO 1600. 


The Dumbell Nebula, M27

This is a stack of 2 60" exposures at ISO 800.  These were the only usable exposures out of 21 shots.  The stars were repaired using Keith's Image Stacker.


The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13

This is a masked composite of 1 30" and 1 60" exposure at ISO 400.


These moon pictures were taken through a Meade ETX-125 telescope except for the last one, which uses the 12" Starfinder.  They are typically stacks of several images.



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