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?
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
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
When we moved to Eastern Washington, the thought was to put an observatory in the yard of wherever our home turned out to be. However, I found there was nearly as much light pollution in our new location as there was at our previous home over on the Seattle side of the Cascades. So, what … Building an Observatory 1 – Find a Location
With the land purchased, corners found, building site location set, the process of building an observatory and 2nd observing platform begins: First, we had to have a “driveway” cut in up to the observatory location. Getting the foundation for pier I (which is steel) done, and pier II is ready for concrete. My … Building an Observatory 2 – Now comes the work