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19 Practical Astronomy Apps for Stargazing

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In this post, I've rounded up a list of useful astronomy apps for your mobile phone or tablet. If you're looking to inject a little more astronomy into your iPhone or Android Device (I personally use a Samsung Galaxy S10), the following list of apps should come in very handy. I've reached out to the astrophotography and astronomy community on twitter to find out which astronomy apps are the most popular. I was absolutely astonished to find out just how many amazing astronomy apps I hadn't heard of before, that I now use and enjoy on a daily basis.  In particular, there were some inc…

Topaz DeNoise AI Review

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI Review

The goal of Topaz Labs DeNoise AI is to reduce digital image noise while preserving detail and increasing image sharpness. If you're no stranger to astrophotography image processing, that almost sounds too good to be true. I was skeptical of the application myself but now find myself using it in some capacity for every astrophoto I process. I believe that Topaz Labs DeNoise AI is a powerful tool that amateur astrophotography enthusiasts should consider adding to their bag of processing tricks. In fact, I even added a new section about Topaz DeNoise AI in my premium astrophotography image p…

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Results Using a $200 DSLR for Astrophotography

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In a recent video, I shared my results using a $200 DSLR for astrophotography. In a hobby known for being very expensive, I think it is very interesting that such results can be obtained using an old, inexpensive camera. In this post, I'll prove to you that incredible astrophotography results are possible with an old, used, entry-level DSLR camera. And no, it doesn't need to be modified to achieve impressive results. (I've got plenty of unmodified DSLR astrophotos to prove it). You can pick up a used Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) DSLR for under $200 on eBay, and it will likely include a kit…

Canon EOS Ra Review

Canon EOS Ra Review

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In late December 2019, Canon USA reached out to me to test their new astrophotography camera, the Canon EOS Ra. The "a" in the name of this camera stands for astrophotography. That is because, unlike the regular Canon EOS R, this camera is 4X more sensitive to the h-alpha wavelength of the visible spectrum (656.3 nm). This helps collect the important deep red hues of many nebulae in the night sky.  As Canon puts it, "positioned in front of the CMOS imaging sensor, The EOS Ra's infrared-cutting filter is modified to permit approximately 4x as much transmission of hydrogen-alpha rays…

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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 overwhelming h…