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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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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 throu…

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…

DSLR Astrophotography

Deep-Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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Astrophotography in Galaxy Season This past weekend, the clouds conveniently parted for me on a nearly moonless Friday night.  The "seeing" and "transparency" were by no means perfect, but I was not about to complain.  Late winter and early spring are what's known as "galaxy season" among amateur astronomers and photographers alike.  The milder temperatures and the assortment of observable galaxies make this an enjoyable time of the year for astrophotography.  If I'm going to spend a night photographing galaxies from the backyard, it might as well be 3 at once: the Leo Triplet. Winte…