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  • Writer's pictureJames Paulson

Imaging at SASP 2023 (Part 1)

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

SASP 2023 is now in the history books and will be remembered for the beautiful clear nights with dark skies and a lack of forest fire smoke in a season that was filled with it. We could not have asked for (and gotten) any better weather.

I took several images at SASP, but this one of M45 has to be one of my favorites. It was a 2 hour exposure made up of 60 second images on the Hyperstar 8 V4. As I was obtaining data, I could see lots of nebulosity with each frame coming down so I knew this would be a nice image.

There is a bit of an artifact left in the image witht he slight purple haze you can see near the bottom, and this could be due to an internal reflection on the optics of the scope itself. I suspect with some practcie I could perhaps process this out.

The SASP location is an ideal imaging site with amazing dark skies and facilities friendly to visiting for the event. There were several interesting presentations at SASP including one that I delivered entitled "My Workslow with Astro Pixel Processor and Adobe Photoshop" where I went through my basic process of stacking and stretching as well as adjusting levels and colors.

One thing is certain, and that is that we will be back at SASP again and again.

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