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Deep-Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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Astrophotography in Galaxy Season This past weekend, the clouds conveniently parted for me on a nearly moonless Friday night.  The "seeing" and "transparency" were by no means perfect, but I was not about to complain.  Late winter and early spring are what's known as "galaxy season" among amateur astronomers and photographers alike.  The milder temperatures and the assortment of observable galaxies make this an enjoyable time of the year for astrophotography.  If I'm going to spend a night photographing galaxies from the backyard, it might as well be 3 at once: the Leo Triplet. Winte…

M33 Galaxy

M33 Galaxy – The Triangulum Galaxy

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[caption id="attachment_2281" align="aligncenter" width="686"] M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy[/caption] The Triangulum Galaxy The M33 Galaxy is the third-largest galaxy in the local-group of galaxies, behind the Milky Way and Andromeda.  It's large size from our vantage point makes my wide-field astrophotography 80mm telescope a great choice for imaging this target. Despite it's size, the Triangulum Galaxy appears much dimmer than M31 - The Andromeda galaxy.  If you are new to astrophotography, chances are that the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the first few galaxy names you have learned. M33…

Monster Galaxy

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This post showcases one of my first images of the Andromeda Galaxy. The photo was captured using a small refractor telescope on a tracking equatorial mount. I have since photographed Messier 31 several times through a variety of different telescopes. Have a look at my experiences photographing Andromeda using a William Optics Z61 refractor on an iOptron SkyGuider Pro mount: Let's Photograph the Andromeda Galaxy. This post includes a video and description of my deep sky astrophotography setup. M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy On Friday July 21st, I spent another lonely night at the CCCA Obse…

Capturing M81 and M82 with an 80mm Telescope

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This post was originally published in March 2012, when I was still learning how to use my astrophotography equipment. I was starting to see some promising results using the Explore Scientific ED80 refractor and my Celestron CG-5 GoTo mount. More importantly, the lessons I learned from Jerry Lodriguss were beginning to sink in and my image processing skills were improving. My workflow involving DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop has not changed, as I still use those 2 pieces of software to process my images today. My latest version of M81 and M82 We had a few clear nights during th…