Tracker vs. No Tracker for ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY (Shooting the Pleiades)

In this video, I compare photographing the Pleiades (M45) with a DSLR and telephoto lens on a fixed tripod versus on a star tracker. Processing with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop. Example files for this video and other resources on my website here:

If you don’t use Photoshop, please watch the first 46 minutes of the video above (part 1) before moving on to part 2 (choices below):
Part 2A – DSS and GIMP:
Part 2B – Siril and GIMP (coming soon)
Part 2C – PixInsight (coming soon)

Links mentioned in the video:
Light Pollution Map –

Photons to Photos –

NPF Calculator –

Bahtinov Mask Resources –

Polar alignment apps
iOS –
Android –

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Gear used in this video:
Skywatcher Star Adventurer Pro Pack –

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM –

MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod (aluminium) –

Neewer Intervalometer (search for one that works with your camera) –

Bahtinov Mask (search for one that fits your lens) –

Table of Contents:
00:00 Intro
03:00 Overview
06:58 1. Dark, Clear Sky
13:47 2. Camera Settings
25:11 3. Polar Alignment & Balance
32:30 4. Focus!
34:27 5. Exposure Length
43:03 6. # of Exposures (Lights)
44:30 7. Calibration Frames
46:52 8. Processing (Deep Sky Stacker)
59:11 8. Processing (Photoshop)
01:18:52 Final Comparison and Outro

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