Although this is a winter target for me, it seems very fitting of what California looks like in the summer… on fire! I finally feel like I am making decent progress with this very difficult niche of photography. From an image capture standpoint, I’ve made a lot of errors, but continue to learn from them and make the most of the clear skies. I feel like my post-processing has gotten dramatically better as I can stretch the data I do have more consistently and accurately.


Lights: 40 x 300 second exposures

Darks: 30 x 300 second exposures

30 flat and 30 bias exposures

Filter: Optolong L-eNhance

Camera: ZWO ASI294MC Pro

Telescope: Radian Raptor 61

Guiding: ZWO 30mm f/4 and ASI120MM Mini

Computer: ASIAIR Plus

Mount: Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro

Power: Jackery 240

Processing: DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop