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Altair Hypercam 183C review

Altair Hypercam 183C Review

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Thanks to my friends at OTA, a brand new Altair Hypercam 183C arrived at my door last week.  The striking purple exterior color of this one shot color CMOS camera makes a bold statement, but it's the deep sky imaging capabilities of the cooled sensor that have captured my attention. There are many options available for deep sky astrophotography these days, and traditional DSLR images such as myself are left with some tough decisions.  One look at the data captured using a cooled CMOS sensor, and you will notice the astonishing difference this can make. In this post, I will share 2…

Canon astrophotography filter

SkyTech Canon Astrophotography Filter Review

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If you shoot in light polluted skies with a DSLR, listen up. I've recently got my hands on an affordable new astrophotography filter for my Canon T3i. Whether you shoot with a modified camera through a telescope or a stock DSLR with a camera lens attached, a light pollution filter will help you shoot longer subs. Longer image exposures mean a deeper view on your subject. The SkyTech Canon EOS Clip Filter In the past, I have used light pollution filters such as the Astronomik CLS, and IDAS LPS clip-in models on my Canon DSLR. In this review, I will be testing 3 filters from SkyTech tha…

Astro Photography Tool Review

Astro Photography Tool for Camera Control

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I have recently installed Astro Photography Tool on my dedicated astrophotography laptop.  From my very first imaging sequence, I knew I was going to like this application. I recently used APT to capture the Whale Galaxy using a One Shot Color CCD camera. There is no better way to learn a new imaging application than to put it to use for a night of deep sky imaging.  With clear night ahead of me, I dive into Astro Photography Tool to plan my Whale Galaxy astrophotography project. In the video below, I also discuss my ongoing transition from a DSLR camera to a cooled CCD. Subscribe to…