,The photo above is of the Fighting Dragons Nebula taken by Dylan O'Donnell (check out his YouTube). Dylan gives away his pictures for free, after all , as he says, NASA gives theirs away for free. There are so many resources available to help us get started in this hobby and here I want to list some of the ones that I have used. It's a way of helping out people that find this little web site, while giving some recognition to the many who have helped me.
NINA YouTube tutorials
While not an extensive list, these three guys will probably answer any questions you have,.
Cuiv the Lazy Geek - YouTube
Shawn Nielsen - Visible Dark - YouTube
Patriot Astro - YouTube
Yes, Pixinsight can be intimidating at first. However, it's really not that bad. Once you learn your way around plus about ten of the more common processes, you are on your way. It is a one time payment and well worth the money, I recommend it.
Below is a sample workflow with tutorial links to each step.
WBPP - calibrate / stack your pictures
Adam Block - Part one of fourteen
Dynamic Crop - remove rough edges
Dynamic Background Extraction - remove light gradients
Background Neutralization -
MLT Noise Reduction
This is a list of the software I downloaded to run my telescope.
NINA - website
PHD2 Guiding - website
ASCOM - website
Pixinsight Start to End
Here are some great videos that follow the process from start to end.
Visible Dark 3 hr Beginner Tutorial $25 - Website
Dylan O'Donnell - YouTube
Cuiv the Lazy Geek Narrowband - YouTube
Cuiv the Lazy geek LRGB - YouTube
Cuiz the Lazy Geek Elephant Trunk Bicolour - YouTube
Celestial Photo Rosette OSC - YouTube