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Elephants Trunk Nebula

Photographing the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

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As the season transitions from summer to fall, the nights have become longer and cooler in the backyard. This is beneficial for deep sky astrophotography for many reasons, with more time to capture exposure time on incredible targets like the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula being one of them. For those that have been following my YouTube Channel, you’ll know that I’ve been testing out a new APO refractor telescope, the Sky-Watcher Esprit 100ED. I was shocked to see just how many of my subscribers were already using and enjoying this exact telescope for astrophotography. In the following post…

The Explore Scientific ED140 Apo Refractor

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I am thrilled to tell you that I recently got my hands on a brand new Explore Scientific ED140 CF APO Triplet Refractor. If you've been following AstroBackyard for some time now, you'll know how I feel about APO refractors in terms of astrophotography performance. The refractor telescope design has many unique advantages when it comes to deep sky astrophotography. Specifically, an air-spaced triplet apochromatic optical design will share many of the same characteristics you'll find on a high-end telephoto camera lens. The biggest difference is - they usually reach much further. (The ED140…

Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

A New Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope for Astrophotography

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I've been given the unique opportunity to review a new Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope, the iOptron Photron RC6. This telescope has a longer focal length than any of my refractors, which I plan on putting to good use. The impressive 1370mm focal length means that this stocky red Ritchey-Chrétien is a perfect choice for astrophotography during galaxy season. I'm looking forward to some large, high-resolution images of galaxies such as M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy. With this added "reach" also comes an increased demand for focus and tracking accuracy. Added challenges include a strong need for an e…

William Optics FLT 132

Capturing Orion with a Fluorostar 132

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I have recently had the incredible opportunity to try out an enormous 132mm refractor telescope for some deep sky astrophotography.  Connecting a DSLR camera to a telescope like this is something I never dreamed I would have the pleasure of doing. This is as good as it gets for fans of the apochromatic refractor telescope design. The William Optics Flourostar 132 is an F/7 triplet apochromatic refractor, designed to deliver superior deep-sky astrophotography performance.  The massive 132mm objective lens means that it collects light from objects in space at an impressive rate, which can t…