Taken near Mt Pinos, this was my first full SoCal imaging experience. Atop a mountain over 8,000′ in elevation, surrounded by pine trees, I felt like I was in good-old majestic California again. At dusk, deer hunters came to my camp to warn me of a 400 lb bear just 150 yards away. As much as I wanted to check out Smokey, I was a little freaked out alone up there. I had no canisters to speak of.. so I just put my dry foods in a Pelican case, and placed the ice chest about 25 yards from the car. No incidents 🙂
NGC 1333 was tough. After attempting to process this LRGB image, I am ready to give PixInsight a try. I want to pull more of that “Rogelio Dust”, the impossibly smooth and prominent wisps of auburn-brown background nebulosity that willingly paints itself on the CCD. It is seen in many astrophotos taken with an STL-11000 and processed with PixInsight – notably by Rogelio Bernal Andreo. It’s a growing trend because better CCD technology combined with better processing have improved the image signal such that almost any location in the sky will reveal background dust and nebulosity.
Camera: Parsec 8300M
Scope: AP130 Gran Turismo
13 x 15 min L, 5 x 15 min 2×2 each of RGB. It seems I need more exposure for this object at f/6.3 with the AP130 Gran Turismo. Sure, I could have added more subexposures, but the subexposure length itself should have been sufficient at 15 minutes. Perhaps the dark nebulae portion of this object is really faint after all.