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Real Results with a Budget Astrophotography Lens

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A great astrophotography lens is only as good as the images it produces. Not all camera lenses are created equal, and imaging a night sky full of stars has a way of pushing your photography gear to its limits. On a recent astrophotography session in the backyard, I discovered how enjoyable it can be to squeeze in a brief mid-week session using a camera lens in place of the telescope. For this imaging run, I used the refreshingly simple and affordable Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 lens. The lens was attached to my Canon Rebel T3i DSLR, which rode atop an iOptron SkyTracker camera mount. (Tho…

Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit Review

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Astrophotography enthusiasts looking to automate their focusing procedure have a few options.  You can either purchase an entirely new focuser kit that includes a motor (such as a MoonLite Focuser) or upgrade your telescope's existing focuser with a stepper motor like the one available from Pegasus Astro. The point of the upgrade or modification is to better control the focus of your telescope, which is especially important for astrophotography.  There are many benefits to making this upgrade, but the most important aspect is to produce consistently sharp images with your DSLR or dedica…

Building a Deep Sky Astrophotography Kit

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I am often asked for my opinion on the best route to take when it comes to building a deep sky astrophotography kit for the first time.  A popular option for many night sky enthusiasts is to start with a DSLR camera and telescope, and I can understand why.  Building an astrophotography setup that revolves around a user-friendly, entry-level DSLR can reap some impressive results. Modern-day hobbyist/beginner digital SLR cameras such as the Canon EOS Rebel T7i or Nikon D3400 provide the least-steep learning curve when it comes to deep-sky imaging in a very technical and sometimes overwhelmi…