Step 1: This is a photo of the North America
and Pelican Nebulae in Cygnus. It was taken with a Tele Vue 85 @
480mm-f/5.6, which yields a field of view of 3.4° x 2.5°
on 35mm film. This was a 60 minute exposure on Kodak PJ400 negative
film with no filtration. The sky conditions were 7/10 transparency,
8/10 seeing, and 6.0 LVM. The ST-4 got A3's at 700mm.
Step 2a: This is a raw scan of the full frame
from a Polaroid SprintScan 4000. The TIFF file is about 20MB. This
scanning step takes about 15 minutes.
Step 2b: If you use Kodak Picture CD, instruct
them (on the envelope) to place the raw scans onto the CD.
Vignetting is visible in the corners and edges
of this image. Obviously the contrast is low. However, this is how an exposure
should look when sky fog is the limit.