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2012 Astrophotography Video Montage

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I have been working on this video for the past 6 months.  Not because I have been tweaking it to perfection, but because keep getting newer, better images to add to it!  It's basically a slideshow with music, but I think it does a good job a re-creating the feeling I get when I shoot the night sky.  I hope you enjoy it!

Taurus Constellation

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…

A Months worth of Imaging and Processing

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NGC 7023 - The Iris NebulaI have always admired the astro-imagers who had 5,6+ hours soaked into one object.  I could never do that because I would get so excited with an hours worth of data, process it, then move on to the next object.  But not this time.  When I saw what I could pull out of the Iris nebula after about 45 minutes, I knew I wanted more.  More Dust!  This is my first astrophoto that clearly shows dark dust blocking the bright stars behind it.  I took these shots over the course of July and August, and ended up with almost 4 hours of "usable" frames…