One basic question really, Iris; should I use it? I used it a while ago for some basic stacking and well...
10 print "this is a bit hard
20 goto 10
I understand it is a very powerful (and free) tool. I have downloaded DeepSkyStacker and the interface looks quite user friendly (but I don't have any new data to play with so....) There are many other packages out there too but does anyone think persevering with Iris could be the way to go? In general I have a systematic approach to most things and don't mind a bit of extra effort to get things "just so" or is there something out there I am missing?
As this is a photography forum I'll post a couple of "stacks" I did with Iris, the image processing was done with an ancient version of Paint Shop Pro (says it all really). I should point out I've been without a camera for some time but kept my astro kit (most importantly the EQ5 with dual axis drives). I'm hoping that with the D5100 and some work I can start to delve deeper into the night sky from this very challenging location.
Venus. Most of the shots (loads) were weird blobs (it was quite close to the horizon and still daylight), I think I got 8 to stack.
Sorry, no exact info. Nikon D40, 'scope working at f28 4000mm...ish.
The Double Cluster in Perseus.
D40, 400mm f6.3 Prinz Galaxy Lens (old with poor coatings but had a very flat field).
One for humour really, A crop of Comet Lulin from my Mothers (slightly darker) site.
Set up the same as above but with before and after. The sky glow was so bright the only way to centre the comet was to photograph the area it was til it appeared at the edge of the frame. Good fun though.