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Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds

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One of the best ways to enjoy astronomy under a dark sky is to go camping. Campgrounds are usually well away from city light pollution, meaning that you will be able to enjoy many more stars in the sky than you are used to seeing at home. In mid-summer, the sun sets very late at the campgrounds in Ontario, and most campers are settling in for cozy sleep in their sleeping bag. But if you're anything like me, your night is just beginning.  Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds Dark Skies at Ontario Provincial Parks During the summer months, I like to leave my light-polluted backyard in t…

Wizard Nebula DSLR

Wizard Nebula through 80mm Telescope

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The Wizard Nebula through my 80mm Telescope Clear August Nights More consecutive clear summer nights have allowed me to put in some serious time on the Wizard Nebula!  In fact, this is the most amount of exposure time I have put into any object!  Over 7 Hours! Truth be told, I would have hopped over to a new subject, but this attractive nebula is in the sweet spot of the sky right now. View an updated image of the Wizard Nebula using my current astrophotography equipment. [caption id="attachment_7268" align="aligncenter" width="650"] The Wizard Nebula using an 80mm Refractor…

Cocoon Nebula 80mm

Cocoon Nebula with an 80mm Telescope

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IC 5164 - The Cocoon Nebula Imaged with an 80mm Refractor We have had a stretch of clear nights this summer, and I have been taking full advantage! This year I decided to spend some time in the sweet spot of the sky, Cygnus the Swan. This area of the night sky rises high overhead throughout the night, free from the Earths atmosphere. My first target was IC 5164, The Cocoon Nebula. I have never attempted this object before because I heard it was quite difficult to image, and to be honest, I just didn't like the look of it! [caption id="attachment_2470" align="aligncenter" width="688"] T…

IC 2118 - Witch Head Nebula

IC 2118 – The Witch Head Nebula in Orion

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Above: IC 2118 - The Witchead Nebula - Imaged Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  18 subs, 5 Minutes Each totaling 1 Hours 30 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock) ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1 hour 30 Minutes (18 x 300s) Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop CC Support Files: 9 darks Can you see the witches head? I can! I absolutely l…

Rosette Nebula Stock

Rosette Nebula – Stock Canon DSLR

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How the Rosette Nebula looks with a Stock DSLR Will an unmodified Canon DSLR pick up the red nebulosity? Happy New Year! I was finally graced with some clear skies that showcased the beautiful winter milky way on Monday. The moon was about 19% lit, and didn't set until about 10:30pm, so about half of data in the photo above was captured with the moon still out. The sky conditions were so fantastic on Monday, it was a shame I had to leave early to get a good night's sleep for work the next morning. The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49) is a large circular HII region. The open cluster NGC 2244 (…