Astrophotography: Why do I do this?

I actually think about this question often, although it’s usually in response to a question like: Why don’t you travel to Arizona or other darker/warmer area? or, Why not set up and use a remote dark site observatory? They’re good questions, and I often think through the issues, but I always ultimately end up with Astrophotography: Why do I do this?

Dither if you can

For a better, smoother background sky…. Dither if you can. So midway through last year, I stumbled on several YouTube videos touting the benefits of Dithering. I’d been living in my little world, just doing my AP, struggling with the usual demons (weather, wind, guiding, focus, etc.) and getting the usual results. I had no Dither if you can

Narrowband with a color camera

I’ve never really done well with the data acquisition & processing steps needed for LRGB imaging. There are so many ways to fail due to the number of image sets (lights, flats, darks, etc.) each with their issues of filter alignment, focus, dust, reflections, and whatnot. So although I started with mono, I’ve done most Narrowband with a color camera