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Springtime Astronomy

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The Pillars of CreationThanks to a few great guys at Astrogab, I now have a very powerful Action Set for Astrophotography.  I highly recommend this to any astrophotographer.  In light of my new software, I have been going through and re-processing a lot of my photos.M17 - The Swan Nebula (Re-Processed)The weather has been very warm for this time of year, and the skies have been relatively clear lately!  Now that I have got a taste of darker skies at the CCCA Observatory, I make the 40 minute trip out there (sometimes by myself... what a loner eh?)  just to get some more tim…

What a Weekend!

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M20 - The Trifid NebulaIt all started on Friday, April 27th when I was lucky enough to spend another night at the RASC Niagara Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario.  The clouds hung around until about 1:30am, just as the moon was setting.  Now that the summer constellations are beginning to appear again, I wanted to take a crack at the beautiful Trifid Nebula.  The above shot was taken with the following details:22 x 180" ISO 1600Stacked with 12 dark framesES 80ed Apo TripletASCG-5 GTOrion Mini GuidescopeMeade DSI IICanon 450d unmoddedStacked in DSSProcessed in PS CS52 days later…

M16 – The Eagle Nebula

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M16 - The Eagle NebulaThis photogenic Nebula was imaged from my light-polluted backyard in St. Catharines.  I was happy to at least pull out some of the nebula structure with my modest equipment and un-modified Canon 450D.  The Eagle Nebula is a region of active current star formation.  Most of you have probably seen the famous Hubble image "The Pillars of Creation" The details of capturing this image are below:Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet RefractorCelestron CG-5 Advanced Series MountOrion 50mm GuidescopeMeade Dsi II CCD CameraCanon 450d (un-modded)Images captured using Canon…