Milky Way in different filters

  • Posted on: 1 June 2020
  • By: tihomiry

This is a comparison of my not modified Pentax k5 DSLR and the same, but modified one without IR-cut filter.
Removing the IR-cut filter not only increase sensitivity by 1-2 stops, but also slightly increase the resolution as the IR light (despite not being that much detailed) pass trough the byer RGB mask without filtering.
Below we can see a shot with UHC-s filter as well, witch give us best contrast and brightness of the H-alpha objects as Lagoon nebula (M8). Thus it needs the longest exposure 120s against 60-90s for the other filters. You can see the beautiful Galactic horse dark nebula on the shots :)

Milky way in Sagittarius in different filters

This is a comparison of my not modified Pentax k5 DSLR and the same, but modified one without IR-cut filter.

Astrotracer is a great way to take advantage of the Pentax DSLR camera in-body shake reduction mechanism. It is available since Pentax k5 and track celestial bodies by moving the sensor. Here is what is it ablout:

Staying at my home inspires me to make some documentation of my experience. I got a dedicated drive for my astrophotos and start reorganize them by objects. Here is an article of the most recent process I use on my photos. Enjoy: )

For a few months from now Betelgeuse (Alpha Orion) dim so much, that it looks as bright as the stars in the Orion belt. This is not so disturbing and does not mean that cataclysmic events are happening with it.

For my last trip to the Rodopa mountain I decided to cross the limits and to target an object that is hard to believe that a non-professional equipment could catch.

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