Tracker vs. No Tracker

In this video, I compare photographing the Pleiades (M45) with a DSLR and telephoto lens on a fixed tripod versus on a star tracker. Processing with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop.


Example files of the Pleiades photo that I am processing in the videos are available: TRACKER files or NO TRACKER files. And here is is a link to my final comparison from the Photoshop video (pt. 1)

Note: I am releasing these files and my result (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): M45 by Nico Carver is licensed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 Licesnse.

Software and Apps

Links / Further Reading

Equipment mentioned in video

Star Tracker
  • Canon 60D (look on eBay or CloudyNights Classifieds)
Bahtinov Mask
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