The technique of capturing and then processing a video into a still image can also be applied to some of he brighter deep sky objects as well. Here’s one of Vicki’s early attempts at the famous Orion Nebula (M 42) and the results with more imaging and experimenting with different software processing.
As she quickly found out, producing high quality astro images from digital cameras of any type requires patience to get the best from your equipment and revealing what’s locked away in the the data you capture – but the skills picked up along the way can produce stunning results. Progress in producing better photos of astro objects can be often quite spectacular.
The next upgrade was a Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount. This Equatorial or “EQ”mount is more solid and lets the astro camera capture longer exposures.
This new Sky-Watcher mount enabled Vicki to go after fainter and more challenging astro objects like galaxies and fainter planetary nebula – still with her original Sky-Watcher 130mm telescope and the Altair camera. Vicki continues to regularly post updates and improvements she make and is always eager to share what she’s learned:
We wish Vicki the best of luck and look forward to seeing what she does next. As she posted:
“I think it’s so important in this hobby to emphasise, especially to newer members, that it’s not all about expensive kit to be able to achieve your goals. Everyone has something different so what you need to learn to do is use your equipment to the very best of your ability. It’ll be frustrating (oh yes it will!) along the way but with every try you will take something from it to better the next. Keep trying, keep asking questions and above all, don’t compare your work to others because it’s YOUR journey and you’ll set your own pace, just enjoy it. It’s the most rewarding hobby I’ve ever had and it’s so much fun. I started out with my phone to take pictures of the moon through the eyepiece before I moved on to an astro cam. There are all levels of expertise here so please don’t be shy, others can also learn from your questions and discussions”