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Photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse

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Are you hoping to capture a photo of the total lunar eclipse on January 20, 2019? If so, you are not alone. Amateur photographers and astrophotography enthusiasts around the world will do their best to take a pictures of the lunar eclipse in January using a wide variety of camera equipment. These days, every full moon and lunar eclipse has some sort of epic name attached to it, and the total lunar eclipse in January 2019 is no different. The media has nicknamed this astronomical event the Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019. That's right, don't forget to add the "Super".  Catchy names aside,…

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Deep Sky Astrophotography Step-by-Step Walkthrough

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In this post, I'll break down everything you need for deep sky astrophotography with a telescope. I'll cover each piece of gear I use, and explain how it can be used to capture beautiful deep-sky images of space from your backyard. Deep-sky astrophotography is a rewarding and fulfilling hobby, especially once you're able to achieve impressive results from your own home. This post aims to give beginners a better idea of what you need, and what you can expect to accomplish yourself. I'll be setting up from scratch, and talk about each piece of gear used, so you can replicate my process. I'…

Photograph the Milky Way this Summer

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I recently returned from an unforgettable astrophotography trip where I photographed the Milky Way under some of the darkest skies in the Eastern United States. The Cherry Springs Star party is an annual astronomy event where night sky enthusiasts come together to appreciate the true beauty of an unspoiled night sky. In this post, I'll explain how I photographed the Milky Way with my DSLR camera, using a wide-angle lens and a small star tracker mount. I'll also share the deep sky image of the Trifid Nebula I captured through my refractor telescope and a cooled CMOS camera. As far as astroph…

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DSLR Photography Tips: Shooting the Milky Way on a Tripod

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It's time for another Photoshop tutorial, along with some night sky DSLR photography tips.  This time, the subject is our glorious Milky Way galaxy.  There is nothing more humbling than spending a night under the band of stars seen from within our barred spiral galaxy. The true beauty of our universe is displayed in the arching collection of stars known as the Milky Way. In the image processing video below, I'll show you how to use Adobe Camera Raw to get the most out of your DSLR image. I'll also cover some online photography schools available for those who wish to learn…

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Remove Gradients in Your Astrophotos with Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is the preferred weapon of choice for many astrophotographers of varying levels of experience.  The intuitive user interface and limitless image processing capabilities make it a real contender in the astrophotography world. The seamless integration with the .RAW image files produced by a Digital Camera makes Photoshop an attractive choice for photographers using popular Canon and Nikon DSLR's. It continues to be my personal favorite tool for processing astrophotography images. Whether you are brand new to astrophotography image processing, or a seasoned vete…