It’s been awhile since I posted. After going through a defective mount (for more than a year, which was finally replaced) and struggling with my RI imager for another year, I finally decided that 5s exposures and consistent frustration wasn’t the answer. With the ongoing tutoring from a gracious friend in Australia, I’ve come to recognize (at least globally) that this hobby has a kind of common sense to it...I think I’m seeing the bigger picture.
After retiring my RI imager, I’ve decided to take all my frustrations out by buying a ZWO294 camera along with Hyperstar. I realize, in the words of Mark Twain, that the difference between an RI camera and a ZWO294, is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. However, my leap of faith has to do with my commitment to this hobby.
All that said, as I wait for my camera to arrive (the factory in China had to close because of the corona virus), I continue to read, study, and consult—all in preparation for my first night of imaging. So, long story short, here’s my question:
Psychologically speaking, on my first night of imaging, I need (hope) to be able to obtain a decent Live Stack and come away with an image that will say to me, “Yes! I really can do this!” This image doesn’t have to be a great image, just one that shows promise and hope for my astro future. I have a good handle on using the histograms, exposure, gain, and offset, but my simple question is how should I save my first attempt. I suspect since Live Stacking is my goal, that ‘save exactly as seen’ (PNG) would be the best way to get that first image. Is that right? Or is there a better, simpler way to save and reproduce that first image? Can’t wait to share my experience(s).