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Sadr Region in Cygnus – DSLR Astrophotography

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The Sadr Region in Cygnus rises high overhead in midsummer, making it the perfect astrophotography target for your DSLR camera.  The photo below shows the extensive amount of emission nebulosity surrounding the star Sadr (Gamma Cygni), the center of the "cross" in Cygnus.   [caption id="attachment_6915" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Sadr Region using a DSLR and Telescope[/caption] Sadr Region in Cygnus Backyard astrophotography notes... 08/2016 I combined the data I captured last weekend with another 3 hours worth taken on Friday, August 21st from my backyard in St. Cath…

Sadr Star – Intersection of the Northern Cross

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    Photographing the Sadr Star in Cygnus If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I was poking around in the middle of the constellation Cygnus last weekend, specifically centered on to the extremely bright Sadr star. I really wanted to post a really snazzy wide field photo of this region on this blog, but I was unhappy with my results. I set my mount and telescope up for imaging in the South, at the far edge of my backyard. This spot was a poor location for shooting straight up overhead at the constellation Cygnus for me, as I ran into trees by 1:30am.  The re…

M8 and M20 Wide Field Image

Astrophotography from a Light Polluted Backyard!

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Backyard Astrophotography Summer would not be complete without spending a night enjoying the dazzling beauty that is the constellation Sagittarius. The "teapot" asterism just clears my fence to the south of my backyard in central St. Catharines. From my latitude, August is my last chance to image the many star clusters and nebulae that populate this area. Last night, I set out to gather as much light on the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae as possible before they dipped below the trees.  With the nights being so short at this time of year, it is important to have your astrophotography equipment set…