Most amateur Astrophotography images have a total integration time of between one and four hours. This is the total time that the shutter is open (even if with several images stacked). We decided to spend 81 hours on this picture which is our personal record.
We shot NGC 2264, a spectacular piece of space tat is mostly occupied by the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster and a few others). Going from a four-hour “exposure” to an 81 hours exposure is not a giant leap, but a series of steps. This is how we got here.
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