O.K. so I was boring myself to death taking a focus-stacked photomicromosaic of the Hornet's head when I came up with a brilliant idea. I had taken 5 frames, when the idea came to me, so I stopped at this point with the following result:Hornet 5-frames x20
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Now the brilliant idea was to use the Canon 100mm macro lens to take the whole Hornet head in one go, and to be extra smart and take 9-images and stack them together for better S/N. This is the result of that exercise:Hornet macro
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Now it doesn't take much to see that the focus-stacked photomicromosaic is going to give the far better image in the end. The only problem is that I will need to retake ALL the subs again as you need to do the whole exposure sequence in one go for this method to work well.
Eventually I am going to get there, but I do seem to be taking the long way round .
Nexstar 11 GPS, 2 x Sky 90, M25C, MaximDL, Photshop CS3, Noel Carboni's Photoshop actions, 7 foot Pulsar fibreglass dome, Canon 40D, 100mm macro lens, 28-200mm zoom lens, 17-55mm f#2.8 zoom lens, 100-400mm zoom lens, 1.4x converter, 2x converter.