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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…

IC 2118 - Witch Head Nebula

IC 2118 – The Witch Head Nebula in Orion

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Above: IC 2118 - The Witchead Nebula - Imaged Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  18 subs, 5 Minutes Each totaling 1 Hours 30 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock) ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1 hour 30 Minutes (18 x 300s) Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop CC Support Files: 9 darks Can you see the witches head? I can! I absolutely l…

Rosette Nebula Stock

Rosette Nebula – Stock Canon DSLR

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How the Rosette Nebula looks with a Stock DSLR Will an unmodified Canon DSLR pick up the red nebulosity? Happy New Year! I was finally graced with some clear skies that showcased the beautiful winter milky way on Monday. The moon was about 19% lit, and didn't set until about 10:30pm, so about half of data in the photo above was captured with the moon still out. The sky conditions were so fantastic on Monday, it was a shame I had to leave early to get a good night's sleep for work the next morning. The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49) is a large circular HII region. The open cluster NGC 2244 (…