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Unmodded DSLR Test – California Nebula

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The following photo of the California Nebula was captured using my DSLR camera before it was modified for astrophotography. NGC 1499 is perhaps the best example of the difference removing the stock IR cut filter from your DSLR camera can make. For emission nebula like this, an image with a stock camera vs. modified is night and day. Have a look at a more recent version of the California Nebula captured using a modified (Full Spectrum) DSLR. 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…

The Iris Nebula

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The Iris Nebula is a beautiful, blue reflection nebula in the constellation Cepheus. Cataloged as NGC 7023, this deep sky object is a superb choice for your camera and telescope. If you haven't photographed a reflection nebula before, you are in for a real treat. The dust and reflected light associated with the Iris Nebula are unlike other nebulae types such as emission and planetary. NGC 7023 - The Iris Nebula The Iris Nebula (NGC 7023) is a prime example of how beautiful reflection nebulae can be.  I was only able to capture a little over an hour of exposures on this one, and you c…

M16 – The Eagle Nebula

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This post provides a great example of what to expect when shooting the Eagle Nebula with a stock DSLR camera. When people ask me whether it's necessary to modify their DSLR to capture deep sky astrophotography images, I often think back to my early experiences with M16. M16 - The Eagle Nebula I have since updated my astrophotography image of the Eagle Nebula. This photogenic Nebula was imaged from my light-polluted backyard in Ontario, Canada. From my latitude, the core of the Milky Way does not rise very far off of the horizon. This can make photographing the many fascinating nebulae…

Show me the Crab

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This is an old post from my early adventures in deep sky astrophotography before I had a backyard to call my own. From 2011 through 2014, I spent a lot of time at my local astronomy clubs observatory. It took me about 45 minutes to drive there each way, and I set up all of my gear and tore it down each time. During those years, my future wife worked at a restaurant in the evenings and weekends. As hard is this was on our relationship, it provided the perfect opportunity to keep busy with my new hobby during those lonely nights. A fantastic night at a dark sky site I spent my second night…

Orion and Running Man Nebula

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This is an old post from November 2011. At the time, deep sky astrophotography was still very new to me. Since then, I have photographed the Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebula several times, and it's still one of my all-time favorite deep sky targets. Interestingly enough, this post talks about my first time using an apochromatic refractor, the Explore Scientific ED80. I went on to use and enjoy this telescope for the next 5 years! My experiences with this refractor were critical to my success and enjoyment of the hobby. This is one of the many reasons I recommend a compact APO refracto…