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New Autoguiding Camera and Guide Scope

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My friends over at Ontario Telescope & Accessories have sent me a new autoguiding camera and guide scope to use with my astrophotography setup.  In this post, I'll give you an early look at these products, and why I am excited to start using them. Why Use an Autoguiding Camera? Expensive, high-end astrophotography mounts are capable of ultra-precise tracking of the night sky. Connecting a DSLR to your telescope on one of these mounts can yield long exposure photographs of up to 5 minutes or longer, with razor sharp stars. If you are lucky enough to own an astrophotography mount mad…

Bahtinov mask

Better Focus using a Bahtinov Mask

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Focusing stars through your telescope Achieving a sharp focus is an essential step of any deep-sky imaging session.  With so much time and effort put into your polar alignment and autoguiding accuracy, it would be a shame to spoil a photo due to poor focus. A Bahtinov mask is a tool designed to help you focus your telescope. In general, the smaller the stars are in your image, the better. One of the reasons I love my Explore Scientific ED 102 Refractor so much is its ability to capture pinpoint stars. However, this characteristic is only present in my images when my focus is spot-on.…

Explore Scientific ED102 CF

New Astrophotography Telescope

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It's a very exciting time of year for astrophotographers with the return of the central bulge of the milky way in our night sky. (in the Northern Hemisphere) I feel like there may be a joke in there, but I'll leave that one alone.  I've got astronomy camping trips booked for June, July and August - as well as some time off at work so I can spend more time in the backyard under the stars.   With that being said, I've decided to invest in some new astrophotography equipment that will hopefully lead to some incredible new astrophotos this summer.  Let's start with the most exciting purchase…