This image is of the Andromeda galaxy taken on September 04, 2015. This image contains 6 images at 5 minutes a piece, along with 20 flat frames, 20 bias frames, and 20 dark frames. Processing, and post processing were all done in PixInsight.
This is only the second image I have ever processed completely in PixInsight so this is still a learning experience for me. I followed a tutorial on Light Vortex page on the steps to get a fully processed image using masks, and HDR tools.
I know I have been slacking on updating and posting here to my blog and I hope to get out more in the near future to continue imaging and editing the cosmos for you all to enjoy.
Omni XLT 150
CG-5 Advanced Series Go-To
Lin_Guider in Linux for autoguiding
Orion Starshoot Autoguider
Modified Canon 350D
Baader MPCC Mark III Coma Corrector
Not only did I get autoguiding to work under Linux, and not only did I get images to instantly download from my Canon 350D to Linux instantly so that I can preview on something other than the tiny screen, but I just got in my Celestron cable and my rs232-usb cable, and successfully got them to work using Stellarium to select an object and slew. One step closer to a sentient life form automated telescope. Getting closer and closer to having full control over my telescope via computer.
Why is that awesome? I suppose if you have to question it then you don't quite understand the addiction of astronomy and astrophotography. After polar aligning and all-star alignment I can control everything (except focus, and long exposures) via my computer. The long exposures I use an intervalometer so I'm not too worried about having computer control over that… yet, give it time and I'll want that too. Focus is another thing I'm not too worried about having computer control over… again, give it time.
Really the plus side to it all is that I wanted to have these abilities for astrophotography purposes, and for joining +Global Star Party hangouts to share live views of deep sky images. Everything has tested successfully and I'm ready to participate in bringing galaxies, clusters, and nebulae to the public through the awesomeness that is G+ star parties. Now all I need is the skies to cooperate and rid me of these clouds. Of course the clouds came packaged in the cables I ordered since they are for astronomy purposes. They typically ship a minimum of a weeks worth of clouds for every astronomy related item you purchase.
Brace yourselves winter is coming long exposure deep sky objects are coming to you live in the near future.
Successfully got Lin_Guider to work under Ubuntu 15.04 which I could never get to work under Mint with my Orion StarShoot Autoguider. Not only is guiding working, but so is image downloading from my camera to my computer. Image below is Lin_Guider guiding on a star near M27.
I also just ordered the Celestron RS232 cable and RS232-USB so I can us Cartes du Ciel for Goto controls of my CG5 mount.
Just about all the pieces of the puzzle are finally together. Only thing left on the big astronomy list is an observatory, but that is still a ways away from happening.
Anyone that follows me knows that I have been relentlessly (bashing my head against the wall) trying to get Linux as my main astrophotography setup. I can successfully plug in my Canon 350D and download images instantly onto my computer with just a USB cable and the software Entangle: http://entangle-photo.org/ I do not use it as my means of controlling the shutter since I have an intervalometer that controls the shutter for imaging.
I use an Orion StarshootAutoguider (SSAG) as my guiding camera and a CG-5 mount, which I am attempting to control using Lin_Guider: http://sourceforge.net/projects/linguider/ I have successfully gotten the SSAG working to show me the stars it is imaging, but I still can't get the program to talk to the mount and send pulses. I can't calibrate or guide with it yet. This is the last thing I need to get working before I can be completely up and running in Linux, and finally be able to ditch Windows all-together.
I have been trying like crazy to get the computer to talk to the guide camera and mount, but I just can't get them to work yet. I'm probably missing something extremely simple.