It's been a pretty tough couple weeks, work has been a heavy load and another coworker resigned which means more work onto my plate. On top of that my mom had to go in for open heart surgery 2 weeks ago and has remained in the ICU due to complications so my stress has been off the charts. I haven't done any astrophotography in over a month and missed the last 6 weeks or so of Milky Way season so my stress outlet has been cutoff as well. Luckily my mom's condition has improved enough that I felt comfortable getting away from the city for the night and doing some star shooting.
This is the first part of my big winter project, I'm going to work on imaging the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex at various focal lengths. I recently got a Rokinon 135mm f2 lens so I decided to give it a try on my Nikon D7000 last night. This is roughly 85 minutes worth of exposure, 21 exposures at 3 minutes, 2 exposures at 4.5 minutes, and 16 exposures at 1 minute, all at ISO 800 and f2.8. I'm going to try and get this up to about 4 hours worth of exposure to minimize noise, last night was a learning experience in terms of getting this lens/camera balanced a targeting this region on my Sky Watcher Star Adventurer, I was having real trouble getting decent exposures over 2 minutes without trailing so I wasted about an hour figuring that out. Also having trouble removing chromatic aberration without losing lots of the magenta color in the Horsehead region.