Other Things to Image

In the above sections I have discussed imaging nebulae (dark, emission and reflection), clusters (open and globular) and galaxies of all types. The objects chosen have been suggested as good first targets for the beginner. Is there anything else? If you take a look at the Chapter 11 images, you'll see there is something else, but it takes a lot of image processing practice to make these objects look as good as they do in that Chapter. These objects are single (or double) bright stars, with a nice background star field.

This type of image will look far better using the narrow field setup. A well-centred very bright star with a nice background star field can make a really stunning image. The other good thing about these images is that the sub-exposure times can be reasonably short, say 3-minutes with a total of 50 subs altogether.

Single star images of Polaris, Aldebaran, Vega, Altair and Deneb can look very stunning indeed. A well-processed image of the double star Albireo, in Cygnus, can be really striking.

If your sky conditions are not optimal one evening, or the Moon is being intrusive and you cannot do H-alpha imaging, don't forget the possibility of taking some nice single star images!


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