First attempt at some proper astrophotography

I have had a tracking mount for a while now but not used it beyond a couple of images of the moon… the tracker really helps keep the fast moving moon in frame while I compose and focus the shot…

Tonight presented itself with a rare clear night that actually wasn’t bitterly cold so I grabbed my kit and set off outside to try for the Orion Nebula…

I used my Canon 7D2, 100-400L and the Skywatcher Star Adventurer mount… fitted the SkyTech CLS filter to the body (see my recent blog post for info), polar aligned the mount then focused on Orion…

First couple of shots were out of focus but after a bit of faffing I got it fairly good… still think it will need a tweak but can play around with it next time once tethered to my tablet…

Set the camera to bulb mode as I was using an intervalometer to give 2 minute exposures at ISO800… initially set it to take 10 images and ended up with 30 of which 10 were usable… then took 7 dark frames at the same settings (fitted the lens cap)…

I have not fully processed the images yet but did run one through Lightroom then Photoshop…
First attempt at some proper astrophotography

There is room for improvement obviously but this is the way with any of this more technical photography…

I am extremely happy with the outcome seeing as all I used was a camera lens… looking forward to improving on technique with this and see where I can get to with the kit I have and not buying telescopes and other stuff that will just collect dust for most of the year 🙂

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