Astrophotography the easy way
Who needs a telescope with an equatorial mount on a huge tripod, outside in the cold?
Why not try a regular camera on a wee tripod at the bedroom table?
The results are not quite the same of course but at least you can get a whole constellation in one frame. Last night the sky seemed unusually clear (if not exactly dark) by Glasgow standards and Orion was due to make an appearance near a waning gibbous moon. It wouldn’t be well placed for Stuart’s bedroom window until 05:00, so I set up the wee tripod and went to bed. I managed to get up for half an hour to take the shots below, but I didn’t bother with combined tactics to replace the over-exposed moon with a special correctly exposed insert.
But afterwards I followed Sky at Night’s Image Processing advice by Ian Evenden and used a wavelet sharpening plug-in and GIMP – also Floyd L Davidson’s very useful signature plug-in to provide the red annotation.
and as noted in Sky at Night magazine:
This morning’s waning gibbous moon… will have an interesting interaction with the bright star Aldebaran…