Modern digital cameras are now so sensitive that it is possible to take decent astronomical images  by simply pointing and shooting using the auto settings.  This is how these images have been produced using the compact digital camera, Canon SX270 HS.  Apart from cropping and reducing theirs sizes in Adobe Elements 11 nothing has been done to touch them up.  Looking at the actual settings that the camera decides on it appears to use an ISO setting of 1600, a shutter speed of 1/8 sec and f ratios of between 5.0 for the 'larger' images and 6.8 for the smaller.


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