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CCD Camera vs. DSLR for astrophotography

CCD vs. DSLR – A New Learning Curve

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Update: When this article was written, I referred to any non-DSLR camera a "CCD" camera. The correct term for this type of camera is "dedicated astronomy camera", as the model mentioned in this post includes a CMOS sensor. Since then, I have had the pleasure of experience a true CCD camera, the Starlight Xpress Trius 694 (Mono). With that out of the way, enjoy the raw emotions I share during my first experiences using a dedicated astronomy camera in place of a DSLR (or mirrorless camera) for astrophotography. Like many of you, I love shooting astrophotography with my DSLR. I control my C…

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Use a Bahtinov Mask for Sharp Focus

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A Bahtinov mask can help you achieve a sharp focus for your astrophotography images. This process is an essential step of any deep-sky astrophotography session. With so much time and effort put into your polar alignment and autoguiding accuracy, it would be a shame to spoil a photo due to poor focus. Over the years, I've had my fair share of deep-sky astrophotography focus mishaps. In many cases, I did not realize how bad the focus of my image was until I attempted to process the final image. You can avoid this unfortunate circumstance by using a simple tool that effectively confirms…

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Canon Rebel Astrophotography

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The very first camera I used for astrophotography was an old Canon Rebel Xsi (450D) DSLR. Even though the production of this camera was discontinued many years ago, I still use and enjoy this camera today. A DSLR camera like the Canon Rebel 450D is a versatile choice as it can easily be attached to a telescope for deep sky imaging using a T-Ring and adapter. You can also use this camera with fantastic camera lenses such as the Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 for wide-angle nightscapes and Milky Way photography. I've used many types of cameras for astrophotography from monochrome CMOS imaging cameras…

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Official Canon Astrophotography Video

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Astrophotography video from Canon Canon shows you how to take great astrophotography and night sky photography  The is the type of video I have envisioned creating for years now.  The video features award winning photographer Phil Hart, as he explains the basics of astrophotography in a simple and easy to understand way.  The video is extremely professional, and features stunning images and time-lapses throughout. Not surprising - seeing as how the video was published by Canon Australia!  If you are new to astrophotography, I hope you enjoy the video and maybe even learn a thing or two:

California Nebula

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…