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Narrowband images with a color camera

Narrowband Images with a Color Camera

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Narrowband imaging with a color camera is not only possible, but I have found it to be an excellent way of adding detail and structure to my astrophotography images. If you currently own a one-shot-color camera or DSLR, I highly recommend trying some narrowband filters with it such as Ha (Hydrogen-alpha). Ideally, you'll use a monochrome astronomy camera for narrowband (and LRGB) images, yet owners of color cameras can still tap into the benefits of narrowband filters before taking the big leap to mono. An example scenario is someone with a one-shot-color cooled astronomy camera such as…

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

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The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a portable EQ mount that offers a reliable solution for astrophotography on the go. The SkyGuider Pro makes shooting long exposure nightscapes without star-trailing possible. On a stationary tripod mount, star trailing begins to show in exposures longer than 25 seconds. Depending on your camera's focal length, the stars could begin to trail even sooner. To combat this, amateur astrophotographers counteract the rotation of the Earth using a tracking equatorial mount. The problem is, these EQ mounts can be heavy and obtrusive, making them spend more time indoor…

Altair Hypercam 183C review

Altair Hypercam 183C Review

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Thanks to my friends at Ontario Telescope and Accessories, a brand new Altair Hypercam 183C arrived at my door last week.  The striking purple exterior color of this one-shot color CMOS camera makes a bold statement, but it's the deep sky imaging capabilities of the cooled sensor that have captured my attention. There are many options available for deep sky astrophotography these days, and traditional DSLR images such as myself are left with some tough decisions.  One look at the data captured using a cooled CMOS sensor, and you will notice the astonishing difference this can make. Vie…

Remarkable Dark Skies at Cherry Springs

The Cherry Springs Star Party is an annual astronomy event held in Coudersport, PA.  This incredible gathering of amateur astronomers always coincides with the new moon for truly breathtaking views of the Milky Way. The lack of light pollution in this area is the reason for a truly unforgettable view of the night sky. This year, my Fiance and I made the 3 and a half hour drive from Ontario to Cherry Springs State Park for 3 nights of astronomy camping.  This is the closest dark sky preserve from my home in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Naturally, I brought all of my astrophotogra…

Short Nights and Hot Sensors

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The hot nights of early summer astrophotography start late and end early. The warm temperatures at night make their presence known in my DSLR images in the form of noise. My latest deep sky project involves capturing data on NGC 6888 in H-Alpha with a DSLR.  My highly portable astrophotography equipment allows me to move the entire rig around the yard based on my imaging target. This month, I have been getting a head start on summer Astro targets in Sagittarius such as the Omega Nebula. This means waiting until after midnight for my targets to rise high enough in the Southeast f…