Flat Frame Techniques


I made two light boxes, one for the NexStar11 and a smaller one to use on the ED80. I used this website as a guideline.


Generated this master flat frame:
  • Set camera to ISO 100 and experimented with exposure times with the goal of getting 40-50% saturation. [8808]
    However, I only achieved about 30% saturation due to the misleading histogram display on the 300D.
  • Took 9 frames in raw mode and rotated the light box between shots.
  • Combined the frames with a normalized average.
  • Used Color->Luminance & Gamma->Equal to equalize color. [8809]


I did a min/max stretch on the master flat so that I could see what my dust situation looks like.
Looks like I need to learn how to clean my sensor!


As a control I did the classic twilight sky method and collected 9 flat frames at 1/4 sec ISO 100 (average pixel value around 31000).
Same processing as above. This is the stretched result. Based on this, I'd say that my light box works I just need to increase the saturation next time.