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The Leo Triplet

The Leo Triplet of Galaxies

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The Leo Triplet is an interesting group of 3 galaxies that are often observed and photographed within a single field of view. The Leo Triplet includes spiral galaxies M65, M66, and NGC 3628. This group of galaxies is also known as the M66 group, and is found in the constellation Leo.  Each one of the galaxies is tilted at a different angle, making them all appear quite different from each other from our vantage point on Earth. NGC 3628 (The Hamburger Galaxy) is seen edge-on, with dark dust lanes that obscure the bright core of the galaxy. M65 and M66 are on angles that show off their b…

CCD Camera vs. DSLR for astrophotography

CCD vs. DSLR – A New Learning Curve

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Like many of you, I love shooting astrophotography with my DSLR.  I control my Canon Rebel T3i with BackyardEOS to capture deep-sky objects through my telescope.  Then, the real fun begins by processing the images in DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. This method has worked for me for years, and there is lots of room to expand my astrophotography skills using this setup.  I favor this system because it is beginner friendly, and it's where I can help others get started. However, I couldn't turn down an opportunity to try out the new ASI071MC-Cool for the first time.  Let's ta…

8 Deep Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

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In the astrophotography realm, Galaxy Season refers to the period in Spring when the night sky offers up a slew of incredible galaxies to observe and photograph.  From early March until Mid-May, the window of opportunity for night sky enthusiasts is open to those who wish to a wide variety of different galaxies. Astrophotography in the Spring Whether you own a large SCT (Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope) or a small refractor, galaxy season means an opportunity to focus on a new array of deep-sky objects that are well-deserving of your attention. The thought of photographing another galaxy full…

Orion Image Gallery

Orion Image Gallery: Your Astrophotos

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As we approach the Full Moon in March, we have to accept the fact that the stunning winter deep-sky astrophotography objects have faded into the West for another year.  Galaxy Season is upon us, with new and exciting imaging opportunities for your camera and telescope.  Before I dive into some of the Spring deep-sky targets on my agenda, I've decided to honor the amazing images captured by fellow amateur astrophotographers from around the world over the winter. I reached out to the AstroBackyard community on Facebook, asking everyone to share their images of Orion this winter.  I am h…

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Well, this is it.  In this deep sky image processing tutorial, I'll be combining all of the data I was able to collect on the Orion Nebula this winter.  As we transition into Spring, a new array of deep-sky imaging targets will present themselves.  The winter astrophotography targets in the Orion constellation will have to wait another year to get photographed. The camera used for this image was a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D), an excellent choice for beginners looking to dive into deep sky astrophotography. Deep Sky Image Processing Processing Walkthrough - Orion Nebula with a DSLR…