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Double Cluster in Perseus

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  NGC 869 and NGC 884 Date Photographed: February 1, 2016 Total Exposure Time: 30 Minutes (60 x 30" frames @ ISO 800) Mount: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan Camera: Canon EOS 7D (stock) Camera Lens: Canon EF 300mm F/f L Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC The clear sky chart for my area stated that the skies were to be clear for approximately 2 hours on Monday night. That was all the inspiration I needed to head out to the backyard and do some experimenting. Nights like this are perfect for trying out new techniques and equipment. Anything I get is…

Making the Most of it!

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Setting up my astrophotography gear at the CCCA Observatory using only red lights to preserve my night vision. I had a long, eventful night at the CCCA Observatory this past Saturday. I wasn't even planning on going, as a heart-breaking defeat of my Toronto Raptors at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets was fresh on my mind. I started packing up my astro-gear at 7:45pm. With the sun setting at 8:05pm, and a 45 minute drive ahead of me, I knew I would be breaking one of my own astronomy rules: Setting up in the dark. By the time I arrived, it was pitch black, with only the stars and my red…

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Autumn Stars Arise

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M45 - The Pleiades Autumn Stars - Pleiades Rising Last Saturday I spent a very cold, but very dark and clear night at the RASC Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario.  There were 4 of us that stayed the night, and I think every one of us complained about being under dressed!  I began my night by shooting NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula.  I have never tried to shoot this object before, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible from Southern Ontario.  I ended up with about 2 hours on it, but I think I will need to double that to really bring out the detail.  As you can see, my unmod…