Honestly, this is one of the clearest views of the sky I’ve ever got recently. I was seriously stunned after I finished the post-processing on this one.
If you haven’t yet known, let me make it known to you that I literally “resurrect my images from the dead” with my post-processing.
Very few astrophotographers, which unfortunately includes me too, have the “fortune” of living in an area with horrific light pollution, moderate at best.
I pointed the camera almost straight up, and yet you can see the horrible pinkish glow of LP that has crept into the image, even after post-processing. I simply can’t help it, from the location from where I took this.
Yet, this is one of the most detailed and clear images in my collection of astrophotography done from home! Imagine my situation.
Regardless of whether you are aware of it, let me inform you that I am horrific with identifying summer constellations. Yes, “horrific” is the word for it. So here’s the annotated version.
Now’s the time for swallowing the “bitter pill”.
EXIF Data Date: July 26, 2014 Time: 20:14 IST (14:44 UTC) Camera Metadata Model: Sony NEX-3 Focal Length: 18 mm Focal Ratio: f/3.5 Exposure Time: 30 seconds ISO: 200 Calibration Frames Dark Frames: 3; at 30 seconds, 20 seconds and 10 seconds exposure Bias Frames: 3; at 1/10 second, 1/20 second and 1/30 second exposure Post Processing Calibration: DeepSkyStacker Histogram Stretching: Adobe Photoshop Final Touches: Adobe Lightroom
Oh, and I’ve just realised, this was one of those photos which often pile up in a horrific backlog! Thanks to my fantastic shortage of time of coming online over the past few days.