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Photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse

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Are you hoping to capture a photo of the upcoming total lunar eclipse on November 8th? If so, you are not alone. Amateur photographers and astrophotography enthusiasts around the world will do their best to take pictures of the upcoming lunar eclipse using a wide variety of camera equipment. A total eclipse of the moon is a truly breathtaking astronomical event that anyone can appreciate. The best part about it is that you do not need expensive astrophotography equipment or special filters to take a great picture of the total lunar eclipse. It's all about using the best settings on the came…

Deep-Sky Astrophotography During a Full Moon

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The clouds have parted, and I have enjoyed 2 cold, clear nights of astrophotography back-to-back! This is a fortunate occurrence that doesn’t come very often, especially during a Canadian winter. However, the moon is nearly full, rising in the late evening in its waning gibbous phase. This reminds me of a question that comes up time and time again. Is deep-sky astrophotography during a full moon a waste of time? The moon reflects bright sunlight into the sky for about a week on either side of a full moon. This moonlight floods the sky and is so bright that it washes out faint deep-sky objec…

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2016 Harvest Moon

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Last night, I ventured to higher ground to photograph the 2016 Harvest Moon. The forecast called for partly cloudy skies, with rain on the way later that night.  I knew it was a long-shot, but I figured that at least Rudy would get a walk out of the deal.   The Harvest Moon was slated to appear at approximately 7:33pm from my location, so I arrived at the park at about 7:00pm. If you prefer to jump straight to the video, go ahead and scroll down to the end of the post! Photographing the 2016 Harvest Moon The equipment I chose to use for this photography venture was quite differe…

Full Moon on Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve Moon 2015

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  Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of my fellow astronomy nerds out there!  2015 was an amazing year for me and my family with the purchase of a new home and the addition of a new four-legged friend named Rudolph. Next year will be even better as I continue advancing my skills in astrophotography, and sharing new tips and tutorials with my audience.  Thank you to everyone who has ever liked, retweeted, reblogged or double-tapped any of my images this year.  Merry Christmas! So how did I get this shot? I always seem to get a lot of comments about how interesting my moon…

Photograph the Moon with a Point and Shoot Camera

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[caption id="attachment_4546" align="aligncenter" width="688"] The full moon[/caption] Photograph the Moon with a point and shoot camera You can take some incredible pictures of the moon through a telescope using an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. Some of my very first astrophotography images were of the moon in its many phases using the afocal method (eyepiece projection does not use a camera lens) method. The photo above was captured way back in 2010 through my first telescope, an Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian. Since then, I have photographed the moon countless times through a telescope.…