With the moon lighting up most of the night sky it is hard to find viable deep space objects to image. Though there are a few spectacular examples that can be had when your just days away from a super moon. The Great Orion Nebula is one of those objects.
This specific nebula was probably the first deep space object Ive ever photographed. the funny thing is each time that I image it the results keep getting better and better. This last compilation of data was collected on 11-29-2017 between the hours of 7:00pm and 10:00pm eastern standard time. The imaging was done through a 80mm MAK reflector telescope which I am becoming to like very much. The telescope is a little on the slow side though Ive found it to be very versatile. Or maybe it’s because Ive had allot of firsts with it.
The MAK telescope as mentioned features an 80mm aperture, with a focal length of 800mm. The focal ratio of the telescope is naturally f/10. On the business end I used a Canon 7D in bulb mode tethered to BYE “Backyard EOS”. A very handy program that has more uses than just astrophotography.
The 2 hours or so of RAW data collected was stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. Using no darks, flats, or biased images. All additional post processing was completed in Adobe RAW and Adobe Photoshop.
The tracking for this image, compliments of a bare bones AVX, with no guiding. Pretty impressive at 800mm. Yes I am starting to warm up to the mount that gave me so many issues in the beginning.