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How to Travel with Astrophotography Gear

How to Travel with Astrophotography Gear

We are often asked how we fly with our astronomy gear when we travel to new locations for astrophotography. While traveling to a dark-sky site with our telescopes is exciting, it also involves a lot of planning.  Traveling with any photography equipment can be challenging, but there are some added considerations when flying with items…

Buying a Strain Wave Mount? You Have Options

Buying a Strain Wave Mount? You Have Options

If you’re new to astrophotography, an equatorial telescope mount is one of the first pieces of equipment you will need to purchase. Whether it’s a star tracker or a heavy-duty astrophotography mount capable of carrying large telescopes, tracking the night sky is essential to astrophotography. Your telescope mount is the cornerstone of your deep-sky astrophotography…

Choosing a Star Tracker for Astrophotography

Choosing a Star Tracker for Astrophotography

Updated April 22, 2024 A star tracker is a portable tracking camera mount designed for astrophotography. The device ‘tracks’ the motion of the stars to allow you to take long exposure images of space without star-trailing.  These devices are commonly used with a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and lens, or even a small astronomical telescope. Recent models…

8 Deep-Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

8 Deep-Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

In the astrophotography realm, Galaxy Season refers to the period in Spring when the night sky offers up a buffet of incredible galaxies to observe and photograph. From early March until mid-May, the window of opportunity for night-sky enthusiasts to photograph a wide variety of galaxies is at its best. I don’t know about you,…

Astrophotography from the City vs Dark Sky

Astrophotography from the City vs Dark Sky

If you are like me, you spend most of your time photographing deep-sky objects from your backyard. While I love a good dark sky trip, the backyard is where the majority of my astrophotography projects take place. The backyard is a convenient option for an impulsive night of astrophotography, but what are we missing out…

UN to Address Impact of Satellite Constellations on Astronomy

UN to Address Impact of Satellite Constellations on Astronomy

After rejection a year ago, the Scientific and Technical subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) has agreed to add the issue of satellite constellations as an agenda item for further discussion. It will be addressed as ‘Dark and Quiet Skies, astronomy and large constellations: addressing emerging issues…

Photographer Captures Epic Portrait of the Andromeda Galaxy

Photographer Captures Epic Portrait of the Andromeda Galaxy

Astrophotographer Yannick Akar has stunned the amateur astrophotography community with one of the most detailed photos of the Andromeda Galaxy you will ever see. The image was created by capturing a staggering amount of data, spanning the course of two seasons. The final image includes a whopping 146 hours of total integration.  Since posting the…

Astrophotographer Captures 68 Hour-Long Exposure on a Single Target

Astrophotographer Captures 68 Hour-Long Exposure on a Single Target

Every amateur astrophotographer knows that the key to a sensational image is to capture as much exposure time on your target as possible. Reddit user ColorsOfCosmos took that idea to the extreme by collecting a staggering 68 hours of total exposure time on Wolf-Rayet 134.  The resulting portrait of this cosmic bubble in Cygnus is…

OSC Narrowband Image Processing in PixInsight

OSC Narrowband Image Processing in PixInsight

As an astrophotographer myself, I am constantly learning new image-processing tips and tricks from the astrophotography community. My absolute favorite way to learn is by watching YouTube videos created by knowledgeable people willing to share what they have learned. I have recently discovered Paulyman Astro, who is a fantastic resource for all things PixInsight. He…

Astrophotographer Spends 4 Years Creating Deep-Sky Object Size Comparison Chart

Astrophotographer Spends 4 Years Creating Deep-Sky Object Size Comparison Chart

Have you ever wondered how big a certain nebula or galaxy is compared to another object? To help visualize this, Reddit user Nicolas Large has created this incredible deep-sky object size comparison chart using actual images he has taken through his telescope. Titled ‘A Very Rich Night Sky‘, the photographer managed to include a whopping…