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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…

Is A Full-Frame Camera for Astrophotography Worth It?

Is A Full-Frame Camera for Astrophotography Worth It?

A full-frame camera has a larger image sensor, which means you can capture a wider field of view through your telescope or lens. This can help you create larger astrophotos, (in terms of both image resolution in pixels, and file size). While it might seem like upgrading from a crop-sensor camera to a full-frame model…

BlurXTerminator 2.0 AI Version 4 Released

BlurXTerminator 2.0 AI Version 4 Released

 I’ve been enjoying Russ Crowman’s (RC Astro) astrophotography processing tools since his release of GradientXTerminator many years ago. Now, one of his most popular astrophotography image processing tools has received an impressive upgrade: BlurXTerminator 2.0 AI Version 4. While I am excited to use and share my experiences with this handy new tool myself,…

How I Photographed a Nebula in Another Galaxy

How I Photographed a Nebula in Another Galaxy

I recently photographed a galaxy in the night sky with my telescope, using a new approach I have never tried before. The technique is not new, but it is something I’ve never actually tried on a galaxy before.  Not only did it produce one of my favorite images I have ever captured, it revealed a…

Our Top 5 Black Friday Amazon Astrophotography Accessories

Our Top 5 Black Friday Amazon Astrophotography Accessories

Buying astrophotography gear on Amazon can be risky, especially if you are purchasing large items like computerized telescopes. The expertise and support just isn’t there. In fact, I don’t recommend purchasing your telescope on Amazon, no matter how good the Black Friday deal is. Instead, consider purchasing it from an actual telescope dealer who will…