M104 - Sombrero Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Someday I hope to get a real camera ... I feel I am wasting my time with this Orion G3 Starshoot, but it's the only DSO-capable camera I have right now, so I'm stuck with it. Anyway, this is a shot of the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104). This is 19 2-minute subs through an 8" Meade LX200R, guided by an Orion ST80 and PHD, stacked in Maxim DL. I seriously get bummed after freezing my butt off and fighting the crappy Orion software for hours only to get an image like this. But it's something. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong, but all the images I get look like something that aired on grandpa's tv back in the '60s. And the Orion software is about that advanced, too.

Submitted by swingin on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:44

I like it. Do you use flats and darks & all that? I never learned how to use them. I think they would have to be a hands on sort of thing for me. Cool!