I'd much rather look through a telescope than use it as a camera lens, and prefer old-school Newtonians to more modern designs. Unfortunately, increasing light pollution in my corner of the U.S. is forcing me away from visual observing and toward astrophotography. Sure, there are worse problems to have, but I really miss dark skies and look forward to learning how other Inside Astronomy members are dealing with these issue. Thanks! Gary
Hello from the U.S. Deep South
Posted 06 April 2014 - 11:23 PM
Welcome Gary! I dealt with the issue of light pollution by moving from the soggy and snowy Northeast US to the desert Southwest. I came out here last year. My wife told me I shouldn't wait until I retire since that can't happen anytime soon. So I looked for a job out here and found one! I also joined the International Dark Sky Association so I can try to do what I can to help preserve our night skies. I agree with you that newtonians are underrated not only for observing but also for imaging. I think they are making a resurgence. I was the proud owner of a Cave Astrola newtonian for 40 years.
Welcome to the group and thanks for joining!
Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:25 AM
Welcome to the forum Gary,
I certainly hope that you will enjoy it here. As for light pollution, to combat it, I mainly use narrowband filters, such as; HA, OIII and SII etc... The trouble with this approach is the the OIII and SII is normally very weak! Still you can produce some stunning images just with an HA filter alone.
PI helps me to combat the gradients in my RGB image quite well and its a lot cheaper overall.
Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:48 AM
A warm welcome from the Netherlands/Europe. Deep South? Which US State do you live?
Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:42 PM
Hello Gary, welcome to the forum.
Scopes: Celestron C9.25/Hyperstar, SkyWatcher 80ED Pro, WO Star-71 II Mounts: CGEM (Hypertuned), CG5 Guiding: Orion SSAG/ST80/Mini 50, OAG Cameras: ASI120MC, ASI174MM, ASI224MC, Canon T3i (Baader Mod), QHY10, QHY23