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March 2017 - AstroBackyard | DSLR Astrophotography Blog

The Leo Triplet

Deep Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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By now, many of you have transitioned from deep sky targets that were available during the Winter months into the springtime galaxies (myself included).  Even though each night kicks off with Orion, the constellation quickly fades into the glow of the city as the night progresses. I have been pointing my telescope towards Leo the lion for a few years now, usually starting in the month of April.  The Leo Triplet occupies the "sweet spot" in the night sky where I have an opportunity to capture a respectable amount of data throughout the night, with a meridian flip intermission in between.…

CCD vs. DSLR astrophotography

CCD vs. DSLR – A New Learning Curve

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Like many of you, I love shooting astrophotography with my DSLR.  I control my Canon Rebel T3i with BackyardEOS to capture deep-sky objects through my telescope.  Then, the real fun begins by processing the images in DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. This method has worked for me for years, and there is lots of room to expand my astrophotography skills using this setup.  I favor this system because it is beginner friendly, and it's where I can help others get started. However, I couldn't turn down an opportunity to try out the new ASI071MC-Cool for the first time.  Let's ta…

8 Deep Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

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In the astrophotography realm, Galaxy Season refers to the period in Spring when the night sky offers up a slew of incredible galaxies to observe and photograph.  From early March until Mid-May, the window of opportunity for night sky enthusiasts is open to those who wish to a wide variety of different galaxies. Astrophotography in the Spring Whether you own a large SCT (Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope) or a small refractor, galaxy season means an opportunity to focus on a new array of deep-sky objects that are well-deserving of your attention. The thought of photographing another galaxy full…