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What’s new in 2016?

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I usually like to wait until I've got a new astrophotography image to share before I make a post, but today I just felt like sharing some thoughts about where I am at with this blog. Astrobackyard.com is still in it's early stages, but I have had quite a few vistors as of late and I am truly honored that you have decided to take a moment out of your busy day to¬†view my astronomy images. The Winter Blues The skies have been painfully clouded over for what seems like the last 3 months, and I really haven't got any decent imaging done since photographing the Horsehead Nebula in December. ¬…

Deep Sky Stacker Tutorial

Astrophotography Video Tutorial

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Astrophotography Video Tutorial In my first ever astrophotography video¬†tutorial, I take a crack at the¬†Rosette Nebula¬†using data collected in February 2014. I have plans of shooting a video about light frame acquisition in the future, but this one is about what happens after you have already captured your data. ¬†This astrophotography video tutorial may be useful to anyone who has questions about the stacking process,¬†and processing the created .TIF file in Adobe Photoshop. I must admit, I learned a lot about how I could¬†improve upon these videos in future during the process. ¬†Putti…

Planets in Pre-Dawn Sky

5 Visible Planets at Once

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I woke up at 5:30am this morning to attempt to photograph the 5 visible planets at dawn. This astronomical event is rather rare, and will only be possible for¬†about 2 more weeks. ¬†Seeing the 5 brightest planets simultaneously has not been possible since 2005! ¬†The first week of February is the absolute best time to see all five¬†planets in the pre-dawn sky. Mercury is by-far the hardest planet¬†to spot because of it never strays too far from the sun from our perspective. However, it's proximity to Venus and the waning crescent moon makes it much easier to locate this week.   [cap…