Processing for astrophotography is difficult . This is probably the best i'm going to get from this set of source files - looks like I was at ISO 3200 which caused way too much noise.
This Christmas im thinking.... first telescope? A telescope allows you to get i a lot closer and target specific galaxies, aswell as provide auto guiding abilities to your camera - which cuts down on the amount of stacking and post processing that is necessary. The real reason you have to stack at all with a camera is because long exposures of more than 15 seconds cause star trails. (which are cool but not my goal here)
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon 17-40mm f4.0L @ 19mm
Exposure Time: 182 seconds total - comprising of 13, 14 second light frames and identical set of dark frames
ISO: ISO3200 (way too high!)
Post processing: Maxim DL v5.15 - Subtracted, Stacked, Aligned. Curve and contrast adjustment..
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