Yes I upgraded my desktop that I primarily use for processing my astrophotos and did a little bit of PixInsight benchmark and here are the results.
While doing a lot of performance optimization to my rig, I noticed some slow performance and wasn’t really happy with it so I decided to do a clean install once again. We’ll this time the rig is more stable and the recent results for the PixInsight benchmark proved my findings. With a gain of 3,713 points of the total performance score with a little bit of a tweak and installing the system on the M2 drive proved it’s worth effort.
Taken under two hours of total integration time and yet was able to come up with a very good detail of the nebulosity. Also this was a quick and dirty processing, nothing special in PinInsight and not even processed in Photoshop. All was done with this image is just a simple PixelMath for combining the images from Ha and S2 filter data. Will update this post as I’m still collecting data.
I recently purchased the Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens for my canon. I tested it using the SL1 and 7D that has the cropped sensor. I was amazed with the result and it’s truly at 22.2x zoom.
This is becoming my another favorite. I’ve struggled with capturing and processing this object, partly because of weather and because of equipment malfunction. The first try was good enough but I realized the sulfur-2 data was bad and processing made it like a nightmare because of all the stars.
The Wizard Nebula is located some 7200 light years away and is surrounded by developing star clusters. With this latest image, instead of removing the stars, I felt like the stars are actually making the image really look different, different from others. I love the color of the stars and see the dust lanes glowing because of the starlight.
The EQFocuser started as a DIY project powered by Arduino and ASCOM. It is completely compliant with ASCOM and so far this is the focuser that I’m using with my telescopes. I have a couple of variations that are using different types of motor depending on the need. The project is open source and you can download the drivers and sketch files here https://github.com/EverettQuebral/EQFocuser
I’m starting a new project which is the Flaming Star Nebula. The object rises from the horizon at the very early time of the day and the only way I can capture this is when I do everything in automation unless I’m not going to sleep. So far what I have is the Ha which turned to be very good. The S2 frames doesn’t really look good and probably need more time to capture some data. Anyway this is just my first pass on my Ha data and the result is already promising.