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M8 – The Lagoon Nebula

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M8 - The Lagoon NebulaEver since I got into Astrophotography, I've wanted to image this nebula because it is so big and colourful.  Emission Nebulae are some of the most beautiful and colorful objects in the night sky.  I have been having some focus issues as of late, but luckily this night the stars were sharp through each sub.  This is stack of 4 minute exposures totaling just under 2 hours.  I was able to capture a wider field of view thanks to my new William Optics Field Flattener:)William Optics Field Flattener III

Once in a Lifetime Event

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Venus makes its way across the disc of the Sun - June 5, 2012Venus begins to pass in front of the SunDespite the weather forecast, we had clear skies for the transit of Venus in St. Catharines!  I set up my home made Solar Scope to view and photograph the event.  It was an unforgettable experience as I saw Venus slowly begin to creep in front of the sun.  I sent my photos to a number of news outlets including CHCH news, The St. Catharines Standard and the Weather Network.  I didn't hear back from anyone, but my photo on the weather network was viewed by over 7000 people! Fo…

Springtime Astronomy

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The Pillars of CreationThanks to a few great guys at Astrogab, I now have a very powerful Action Set for Astrophotography.  I highly recommend this to any astrophotographer.  In light of my new software, I have been going through and re-processing a lot of my photos.M17 - The Swan Nebula (Re-Processed)The weather has been very warm for this time of year, and the skies have been relatively clear lately!  Now that I have got a taste of darker skies at the CCCA Observatory, I make the 40 minute trip out there (sometimes by myself... what a loner eh?)  just to get some more tim…