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California Nebula Imaged with Modified 450D

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  [caption id="attachment_2340" align="aligncenter" width="688"] NGC 1499 - The California Nebula by Trevor Jones[/caption]   Canon Rebel Xsi - Recently Modified 450D I am proud  to say that I am now the owner of a Modified 450D.  My recent "self-modification" has really helped bring out the colour of this Emission Nebula.  If you are interested in modding your own Canon Xs or XSi, you can find the tutorial from Gary Honis below. The photo above was taken on the night of October 25th under clear skies in Wellandport, Ontario. I feel like I want to shoot every deep-sky…

Unmodded DSLR Test – California Nebula

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NGC 1499 - The California Nebula ES ED80 Canon Xsi unmodded (54) 3 Min Frames @ iso 1600 Stacked with Darks in DSS, Processed in PS CS5   When I shot the North American Nebula, my astro-buddies said things like "Wow your unmodded Xsi picks up a lot of red" and I thought, hey, maybe I can hold off on an expensive and intrusive mod to my precious Canon.  All of those thoughts disappeared as I began to process my photo of NGC 1499 yesterday. This nebula doesn't even EXIST with an unmodded dslr!  I suppose the photo above shows a pleasant mix of coloured stars and faint…

Photograph the Moon with a Point and Shoot Camera

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[caption id="attachment_4546" align="aligncenter" width="688"] The full moon[/caption] Photograph the Moon with a point and shoot camera You can take some incredible pictures of the moon through a telescope using an inexpensive point and shoot camera. Some of my very first astrophotography images were of the moon in its many phases using the eyepiece projection method. The photo above was captured way back in 2010 through my first telescope, an Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian. Since then, I have photographed the moon countless times through a telescope. You can see my best moon photos in the gal…