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Manual Stacking in Photoshop for Reduced Noise

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Even without a tracking mount, your astrophotography images can benefit from manual stacking in Photoshop.  This method involves aligning exposures and combining them into a master composite.  It can make a big impact on your astrophotos by reducing noise and improving the signal-to-noise ratio. [caption id="attachment_4045" align="aligncenter" width="713"] This night sky photo contains 11 exposures stacked manually in Photoshop[/caption] This technique requires no darks frames, no stacking software, and no tracking mount. The 2 software applications used in this tutorial are Adobe…

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How a DSLR Ha Filter can Improve your Astrophotos

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Some of the most incredible DSLR deep-sky images ever produced, likely combined regular RGB data (A typical color image) with images using a Ha filter.  A clip-in filter for your camera such as the Astronomik H-Alpha 12nm CCD filter makes it easy to start gathering Hydrogen-Alpha images with your existing DSLR. Narrowband filters are an astrophotographers best friend.   The Astronomik H-Alpha 12nm Clip Filter for Canon DSLR'S This narrowband filter lets the h-alpha light of emission nebulae pass through to the camera sensor, and blocks almost all of the other light spec…

Full Moon

2016 Harvest Moon

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Last night, I ventured to higher ground to photograph the 2016 Harvest Moon.  The forecast called for partly cloudy skies, with rain on the way later that night.  I knew it was a long-shot, but I figured that at least Rudy would get a walk out of the deal.  The Harvest Moon was slated to appear at approximately 7:33pm from my location, so I arrived at the park at about 7:00pm.  If you prefer to jump straight to the video, go ahead and scroll down to the end of the post!   Photographing the 2016 Harvest Moon   The equipment I chose to use for this photography venture was…