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What is AstroBackyard?

AstroBackyard is an astrophotography blog that creates an outlet for me to share images, information, and tips about my favorite hobby. I received lots of help when I began my photography journey in 2011, and it’s my turn to pay-it-forward to the next wave of astrophotographers. I have watched the hobby grow in the short years that I have been involved. There are more options, information, and astrophotography equipment out there now than ever before. The one aspect that does not change is a love for the night sky. The story behind the sites name is that the backyard is where I began my journey, and where I still spend the most time under the stars.

The one aspect that does not change is a love for the night sky. The story behind the sites name is that the backyard is where I began my journey, and where I still spend the most time under the stars. Traveling to new locations around the continent with much darker skies is great but happens a handful of times a year. My backyard is my personal window to the heavens, and it’s where I connect with the universe.

 

The Big Dipper Asterism

Looking towards the Big Dipper in Ursa Major

My Backyard

My backyard lies in the center of a medium-sized city in Southern Ontario.  The light pollution is quite heavy, and I need filters to block out as much stray light from streetlamps, car headlights and porch lights as possible.  The image above of the Big Dipper asterism is an example of my backyard skies potential.  Despite being in the middle of a medium sized city, I can still just barely see the milky way rising overhead on a clear summer night.  I don’t always image the night sky from the backyard in the city.  Whenever possible, I head to the outskirts of town, or better yet to the country areas of the region, looking South over Lake Erie.

 

Light Pollution Map

Light Pollution Map for my Backyard

How much light pollution is in your area? (Map)

 




 

Why should I come back?

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy reading about a fellow astrophotographers experiences.  You enjoy hearing stories from someone who shares the same love for astronomy that you do.  If you use similar camera and astrophotography equipment, you might even learn a thing or two from my mistakes.  Maybe you just like to sit back and enjoy the hours of hard work I have put into each and every one of my photos.  Whichever reason you choose, I sincerely appreciate your company.

 

Waxing Crescent Moon with Earthshine

The waxing crescent moon on March 11, 2016 with visible earthshine

What to expect

I have recently overhauled my site to its current design. Astrobackyard.com is now set to become an authority in the astrophotography community.  You can expect more astronomy related news and events, more astrophotography tutorials and equipment reviews, and of course, all of my astrophotography adventures from the backyard, and beyond.  I plan to share astrophotography processing techniques that have helped me pull the absolute most detail out of my images.

Later this year I will be creating a video tutorial series on youtube that should cover the basics of my current workflow.  I am not a professional photographer, image-processor or scientist, but I am dedicated to improving my skills.  I am an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, as the current webmaster and newsletter editor for the Niagara Centre. Please follow me on Twitter for the absolute latest news.

@astrobackyard on Facebook

I post new and old astronomy photos on Facebook quite regularly.  Feel free to connect with me over there!

 

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