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Horsehead Nebula in HaRGB

The Horsehead Nebula in HaRGB

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Over the past 2 months, the Horsehead Nebula has been the focus of my astrophotography attention. The winter weather has set in, with cold nights and frequent cloud cover.  Despite these challenges, I have been able to take photos from my backyard on 3 separate occasions in November and December. This is a popular winter deep-sky astrophotography object, and I hope that my experiences will give you some tips for photographing this nebula with your DSLR. Latest Image: The Horsehead Nebula Before owning a DSLR Ha filter, I didn't think a photo like this was possible from the city.  W…

Winter deep sky astrophotography

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November is an exciting month for backyard astrophotographers as we transition into a new season of fantastic winter deep sky targets.  These constellations contain some of the best nebulae and star clusters the sky has to offer. The colder temperatures mean less noise in your images, which is great news for DSLR camera owners. The image of the Horsehead Nebula above is combined data from 2015 and this month.  View the complete photo details here. The winter deep sky targets in Orion are arguably the best of the Northern Hemisphere. With my recent addition of a modified Canon T3i…

Manual Stacking in Photoshop for Reduced Noise

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Even without a tracking mount, your astrophotography images can benefit from manual stacking in Photoshop.  This method involves aligning exposures and combining them into a master composite.  It can make a big impact on your astrophotos by reducing noise and improving the signal-to-noise ratio. [caption id="attachment_4045" align="aligncenter" width="713"] This night sky photo contains 11 exposures stacked manually in Photoshop[/caption] This technique requires no darks frames, no stacking software, and no tracking mount. The 2 software applications used in this tutorial are Adobe…