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Delta Aquarid meteor shower 2016

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2016

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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is heading towards it's peak at the end of this month.  But let me make one thing clear right away, this is not going to be a dazzling show of constant meteors that light up the night sky.  This meteor shower is not known to be  a great performer, although these celestial events have been known to be somewhat unpredictable.  July 28th and 29th offer the best chance at catching a few "fireballs" in the night sky.  The Delta Aquarid meteor shower begins on July 12, and runs until August 23rd.  If you are watching the Perseid meteor shower in early August…

Canon Rebel Astrophotography

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I use an old Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR - This camera has been discontinued and replaced with several newer models including the t2i and Canon t3i DSLR bodies - but even those models are getting quite old! I desperately want to upgrade to a newer DSLR body for astrophotography soon.  The reasonable price and amazing astrophotography capabilities of the Canon T3i (600D) have that digital camera at the top of my list.  Until then, my trusty 450D (modified for astrophotography) will have to suffice!  I'll give you my recommendations for a beginner DSLR camera for astrophotography below. Summer Dee…

HaRGB Astrophotography

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Right now is the absolute best time of the year for backyard astrophotography.  The days are warm and the nights are clear, summer star gazing is here!  The core of our Milky Way galaxy has returned to our night sky here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes many celestial delights such as the colorful nebulae located in and around the constellation Sagittarius.  For me, Summer astrophotography means pointing my telescope right where the action is - in the core of the Milky Way, soaking in as much exposure time as possible.  These days do not last long!  We have but a brief windo…