Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 1:30 pm in the Yurt
Kevin Quin, NOVAC
By a miracle, you got all your gear working at the same time, and braved six hours of mosquitoes to collect your `images. Now what? Good news! You don’t have to read a 300-page book to figure out how to process your first astrophoto. In this talk, Kevin will demonstrate everything you need to know to turn your raw images into a finished picture. We’ll walk through each of the basic steps – calibration, stacking, stretching, and enhancement – using Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, and PixInsight. This is intended to be a hands-on practical demonstration rather than a lecture. We’ll post the data Kevin will be working on in advance so you can download it, along with free or trial versions of the software we’ll be using. Bring your laptop and follow along as we process the image together.
Kevin became an astrophotographer way back in the 20th century, when they recorded on an obscure medium called “film.” In 2003, after his neighbor’s trees all disappeared in a mysterious hurricanes-and-chainsaws episode, he started experimenting with digital imaging from his yard. He warns everyone that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing, yet he still gets some very pretty pictures. And what one fool can do, another can.