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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…

Explore Scientific ED102 CF

New Astrophotography Telescope

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It's a very exciting time of year for astrophotographers with the return of the central bulge of the milky way in our night sky. (in the Northern Hemisphere) I feel like there may be a joke in there, but I'll leave that one alone.  I've got astronomy camping trips booked for June, July and August - as well as some time off at work so I can spend more time in the backyard under the stars.   With that being said, I've decided to invest in some new astrophotography equipment that will hopefully lead to some incredible new astrophotos this summer.  Let's start with the most exciting purchase…

Astronomy Photo on a Computer Screen

Screen Calibration

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Screen Calibration for Astrophotography With my recent purchase of a new laptop computer, I am reminded of the importance of having a well calibrated computer monitor for editing and viewing astrophotos. The brightness of my new laptop screen is intense.  It appears to be about 25% brighter than my well-calibrated 23 Inch external IPS monitor.  This results in astrophotography images that are less-than pleasing to the eye.  I had to re-process many of my own photos in the photo gallery, once I discovered that they did not look the way I intended them to on different screens. Having a mo…