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Winter Stargazing in Orion

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M42 & M43, The Orion Nebula (& Running Man) Imaged Friday, Nov 29, 2013 from Ontario, Canada. Camera Equipment and Settings: Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock) ISO: 1600 Exposure: 2 hours (30 x 240s) Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in DeepSkyStacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop CC Support Files: 15 darks Winter Stargazing in Orion The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula, south o…

M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in Orion The above image is a stack of 180, 210 and 270 Second Subs combined over three nights spanning 3 months.  The total time is just under 3 hours with 49 light frames total.  About 1.5 hours of this combined image was captured under dark skies at the CCCA.  Once I get some more time in there (hopefully this Friday;)  I will ditch the light polluted data from the backyard.  

Fall Imaging Begins!

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NGC 7000 - The North American Nebula Stack of about 50 180" frames, stacked with darks, stretched in PS CS5.  Using Canon Xsi (unmodded), Explore Scientific ED80, Celestron CG-5, Meade Dsi II and Orion Mini 50mm for autoguiding. I just realized that I hadn't uploaded this image yet!  The weather has been horrible for astronomy over the last 2 weeks, so I haven't had anything new to process for a while.  This is a combination of data from my backyard and a close friends backyard in Jordan, Ontario.  The skies were much darker in Jordan, as seen in the photo below: Mil…

2012 Astrophotography Video Montage

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I have been working on this video for the past 6 months.  Not because I have been tweaking it to perfection, but because keep getting newer, better images to add to it!  It's basically a slideshow with music, but I think it does a good job a re-creating the feeling I get when I shoot the night sky.  I hope you enjoy it!

A Months worth of Imaging and Processing

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Back in 2012 when I wrote this post, I had no idea of the dedication needed for astrophotography. Spending a month taking pictures of and processing a single target is nothing. In fact, to spend less time than that on a particular subject now, would seem odd. I guess you could say that this experience began to reveal the truth about this addictive hobby - it's time-consuming! Add in the fact that acquiring the images happens at night, and you've got some long days ahead of you. With that said, here is my report on the Iris Nebula from many years ago. I was just starting to realize what i…