I brought my camera along for a trip when we had unexpectedly clear skies. Of course, the clouds rolled in just as I began to photograph Orion. Instead of fighting the clouds, I accepted them as Orion's shroud.
I received my new HyperStar and tested it on several different targets in one night. This is from just 30 minutes (60 x 30s) of imaging using a setup that gathers light 25x faster than the unmodified scope!
Test shot for my new camera using the 50mm lens with Orion as the target.
The exposures were few, but the rewards were many. This is M42: the Great Orion nebula, shot in SHO (sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen). Four 5-minute exposures per filter is exactly one-hour total integration time.
Revisiting existing data to produce an even better result: the exposures were few, but the rewards were many. This is M42: the Great Orion nebula, shot in SHO (sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen). Four 5-minute exposures per filter is exactly one-hour total integration time.
The combination of a fast-imaging session using HyperStar and a slower narrowband session with the Redcat and SHO filters.
The third of four pictures from my shakedown/first light test of the new rig. This is M42 (Great Orion Nebula), M43, and NGC1977 (Running Man Nebula) otherwise known as 'Orion's sword.' About 45 minutes of total integration time.
My first deep space photograph from the new place. Orion was absolutely stunning this morning as it hung low in the horizon. This was pure camera equipment only - no tracking. Just tripod, Sony Alpha 6300, and an F/2 135mm Samyang lens.
A wide angle view of Orion next to a winter arrangement of bright Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades.
A clear 50mm snap of Orion at its height in the winter sky.
Clear skies, a stable mount called the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi, 30 1-minute exposures with a Sony Alpha 6300 camera, and the fast 50mm manual focus f/1.4 lens by Samyang all conspired to bring you this image.
A detailed exposure that illustrates the major stars and nebulae.
A very tropical Orion rises above the palm trees on Grand Cayman.
I took another stab at processing the data for this beautiful area of the sky and was not disappointed!
This bright area of the Orion constellation doesn't take many exposures to reveal the intricate details. This is just 10 3-minute exposures but it was enough.