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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:14 am 
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Hi Bob!
Your astro photos are out of this world! (no pun intended) :) Can you explain how frame stacking works? Are there specific software programs I will need or does the 40D's bundled software work? That is, the software included with the camera?
Thanx again to all you Camera labs members! You all are the best!!


Well again I have posted to the wrong forum:( Please, feel free to move it to the tech forum. Sorry :(


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Thanks for the compliment but I'm a rank amateur. One of the masters of the art is forum member Greg Parker, who goes by the name cybermystic. Have a look at some of his posts and visit his web-site and be amazed!

There are a number of programs out there. The program I use is IRIS which is free and has a strong user community. It also has a rough and quirky user interface but there is a lot of power hidden away if you spend time with it. Another program which is, I believe, well regarded is MaximDL. MaximDSLR is also available from the same company.

Bob.

P.S. Yep, I moved the post. I briefly considered the Imaging Software forum but as this question is specific to astrophotography this seems a more natural place.

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This is incredible...since I joined Camera Labs, I have tried to visit every one's web/flicker, have spent some time lingering over Gregs' web, looking at his work, and ultimately think this is absolutely perfection..it is an amazing journey, to a world we would never know, without this phenomenal photographer, and his peers....don't miss the chance to see his work...as Bob, (no slouch in his own right), says...you need to see these wonders...perfectly executed and presented...awe inspiring..
technically and visually superb.


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patti wrote:
This is incredible...since I joined Camera Labs, I have tried to visit every one's web/flicker, have spent some time lingering over Gregs' web, looking at his work, and ultimately think this is absolutely perfection..it is an amazing journey, to a world we would never know, without this phenomenal photographer, and his peers....don't miss the chance to see his work...as Bob, (no slouch in his own right), says...you need to see these wonders...perfectly executed and presented...awe inspiring..
technically and visually superb.


patti


Keep going! Keep going! Don't stop there :D

I'm just very pleased you like them. Even though I took them, and even though I am a Physics Professor (which some people think means you cannot appreciate beauty) - I do in fact sit in front of A1 printouts of my images and lose myself in them for over an hour at a time.

A well-known local lady artist came to visit my place to look at the images as she wanted to paint a deep-sky scene. She went away quite over-awed knowing she couldn't actually do anything that came close to the "real thing", and gave up the idea of the project there and then!!

Our imaginations can't even come close to creating what is already out there :shock:

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cybermystic wrote:
...even though I am a Physics Professor (which some people think means you cannot appreciate beauty) - I do in fact sit in front of A1 printouts of my images and lose myself in them for over an hour at a time...

And, as you well know, when you first understand the implications and power of some of the symmetry principles in physics the experience can be every bit as emotional as experiencing a great work of art for the first time. Actually, in my case, more emotional and almost as profound as my discovery of girls many moons ago. :roll: :lol: 8)

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It is indeed Bob. Feynman had something to say along very similar lines in one of his books (probably "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman").
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