Flint Hills: Mini Star Party

New image: M8 Lagoon Nebula, imaged Saturday night, July 22 in the Flint Hills.

A group of us got together and enjoyed a good night of observing and astrophotography. Phil and I were doing astrophotography. Chuck brought his trusty 13 inch dob while Fred and Richard had a new truss tube dob with them. Dan? and Sherry brought a Meade LXD 16 and a 20 inch dob.

IRIS Tutorial

Jim Solomon has revised and updated his Astrophotography Cookbook. Jim walks you through acquiring and processing your DSLR images using IRIS. I do not always agree with Jims steps but he has done an excellent job documenting the whole process.

I use IRIS to process the RAW images from my camera. IRIS is not the friendliest program in this area but has many features I like (can’t beat the cost either: freeware). I find the save to PSD format function very frustrating since I know it could be implemented better.? Hopefully this will be improved in the future or maybe I’ll get off my butt and write a PIC to TIFF or FITS converter.