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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…

IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula

Forgotten Light Frames

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While digging though some old folders on Adobe Bridge, I stumbled across some unprocessed, 300 second light frames of the Flaming Star Nebula from November 2013!  When you are desperate to get out and image a new target, this is like hitting gold.  I was originally looking for my raw files of the Pacman Nebula, which I feel is in desperate need a new process. (Those stars look pretty rough)  I found a folder labelled "Flaming Star - 5 Min Lights".  I never processed this image!  The Flaming Star Nebula is a colorful collection of glowing gas and dust lit up by the bright star AE Aurigae…