Free Video - 10 minutes
The New Mexico All-Star Party is held annually at the Painted Pony Dude Ranch and Resort near Rodeo, New Mexico. During the 2012 event, several astrophotography set-ups were used by participants to capture exceptional images under the dark, clear skies of southwestern New Mexico. In this video the astrophotography set-ups are briefly described in order to demonstrate the variety of systems and equipment that can be used.
The video shows the complete set-up of an SkyWatcher EQ3 mount along with an 80mm apochromatic refractor equiped with the Orion Magnificent Mini autoguider and a DSLR. The subjects covered include setting up and leveling the mount, adjusting the mount for latitude, polar alignment using the mount's polar scope and balancing the equipment. Using a Canon 60Da, the complete set-up was used the same night to capture six - five minute exposures of M27, the Dumbell Nebula, which is also shown in the video.
Free Video - 25 minutes
Using Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe PhotoShop (CS5), this video shows basic processing of five RAW images of M33. These steps are covered: