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M20 added to Summer Mosaic Project

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My Summer Astrophotography Mosaic Project Above: M20 and M8: Imaged Friday, June 14, 2013 & July 13, 2013 M8: 11 subs 5 Minutes Each totaling 55 Minutes M20: 24 subs 6 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 24 Minutes   My summer mosaic project is coming along with the addition of the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius. As usual, I have done a crummy job framing up my subject! The next chance I get, I will be shooting the Cat's Paw Nebula area to fill in the gaps, and create a much wider field image. I had quite the difficult time aligning these images up, as I did…

M78 Project – Done!

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M78 - Reflection Nebula in Orion I am finally done my "winter project" of M78 in the constellation Orion. The winter weather in the Niagara Region doesn't bode to well for astrophotographers as the clear nights are slim to none. Last night, however, I was able to squeeze in another 1.5 hours of shooting on this beautiful subject. I am satisfied with my results, and look forward to moving on to my next project, The Orion Nebula:) Thanks for looking! 72 frames 4 and 4.5 minute exposures 5 hours 30 minutes total exposure Stacked with darks ES ED80 Triplet Apo ASCG-5 GT Orion M…

M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in Orion The above image is a stack of 180, 210 and 270 Second Subs combined over three nights spanning 3 months.  The total time is just under 3 hours with 49 light frames total.  About 1.5 hours of this combined image was captured under dark skies at the CCCA.  Once I get some more time in there (hopefully this Friday;)  I will ditch the light polluted data from the backyard.  

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 in Perseus is perhaps the best example of the difference removing the stock IR cut filter from your DSLR camera can make. For an emission nebula like this, an image with a stock camera vs. modified is night and day. Some emission nebula are well suited for a stock camera, such as the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. As you'll be able to tell from the photo below, the California Nebula is not one of them. NGC 1499 - The California Nebula. ES ED80 Canon Xsi…

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 y…