With the arrival of my new wide field telescope, I've started planning my first serious astrophotography project for 2009...
I plan to take a "Mega-Data" image of M42 - The Great Orion Nebula.
Mega-data is a term used by astrophotographers to describe images with exposure times upwards of 15~20 hours.
I am planning (and hoping the weather co-operates) to capture 30 hours worth of exposure on M42.. Data will be mixed between RGB colour data, Hydrogen Alpha and Oxygen3 narrowband data. Majority of the sub-exposures will be between 15 and 20 minutes each, narrowband images will most likely be 30 minute sub exposures. I will take a lot of shorter exposures around the 1 minute mark to tame down the brighter areas of the nebula and give the image more depth and dynamic range...
If all goes to plan, this could be very special
Listening to: Crystal Method
Watching: Stargate Atlantis
Playing: The field
Drinking: Icey cold Corona.