Re-Imagining Orion

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March 3rd, 2018, 08:20 p.m. local time

After I took my first true pictures of Orion early last week, while I was pleased with the results, I felt the images were still lacking, particularly in background star detail.  On Saturday, I took to shooting Orion again, with my same new lens.  This time, I bumped the focal stop all the way down to f/2.8 and the ISO to 400.  I then stacked 30 25-second images in DeepSkyStacker.  For the next several days, I played around with the resulting image mightily in PaintShop Pro.  Subtracting light pollution, adjusting levels and curves, experimenting with colors, and trying to accentuate the brightest stars.

I have realized within the last 48 hours that there are infinite routes to take when editing astrophotography in post processing, particularly wide field views.  Imagination and artistry combined.  I feel this image provides more detail than my last Orion.  Likely, I will continue to experiment.

2 thoughts on “Re-Imagining Orion

    • Thanks. I read the article. I can appreciate the problems with dew. And focusing, yes it is harder than it seems, and I can imagine even harder when it is your job. It is remarkable to think of all the planning that goes into such a photography project, and yet still have only one of your remote cameras work.

      Stay tuned for the sequel image tomorrow.

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