How to capture a GALAXY with your DSLR

The video above shows every step of capturing and processing the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) with a DSLR, small telescope, and an iOptron SmartEQ mount. All data was captured in Somerville, MA (Bortle 9). It then goes in to processing with DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. I will make processing videos for other software as well, and release those videos soon.

Resources

Example files of the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) that I am processing in the videos are available from this Google Drive Link. And here is a link to my final JPEG from the Photoshop video (pt. 1) for comparison.

Note: I am releasing these files (like all my work) under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 License meaning if you process the data and share it elsewhere, please use this attribution (credit line): M101 by Nico Carver is licensed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 Licesnse.

Software and Apps

Further Reading

Equipment mentioned in video

Mount
Optics
Camera
Intervalometer
Polar Alignment
Flats Panel
Finder
Dew Heater Band
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