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Why I’m Switching to a Mono Astrophotography Camera

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A mono astrophotography camera gives backyard imagers in the city the opportunity to collect dynamic narrowband images from home.  Although LRGB image acquisition using a filter wheel requires some extra setup time early on, the flexibility of this configuration is appealing. Up to this point, I have not experienced the joys of shooting through a filter wheel. But I have experienced the extraordinary power of a monochrome sensor through narrowband filters. My latest experiences in the backyard have me wondering if I should have switched to a mono astrophotography camera a long time ago…

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The Best Lens for Astrophotography (That You Probably Already Own)

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In my opinion, the best astrophotography lens is one that can capture a variety of images of the night sky in a reliable and consistent way. Not all camera lenses are created equal, and imaging a night sky full of pinpoint stars has a way of bringing out the worst (or best) of your lenses capabilities. In the following post, I'll share my experiences using 2 astonishingly affordable camera lenses for astrophotography. I shoot with both full-frame and APS-C sized sensor Canon DSLR's, so the lenses are both made by Canon. The Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, and the Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 wide-angle lens…

Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit Review

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The Pegasus Astro stepper motor kit is an affordable way to give your astrophotography telescope a huge upgrade. Once installed, it allows you to make precision adjustments to your telescope focus without touching the telescope. Achieving (and maintaining) focus is one of the most important aspects of deep-sky imaging, which means that this small upgrade can have a profound impact on your astrophotography images. The Pegasus Astro stepper motor kit is easy to install on an imaging refractor telescope, and the included software works as intended right out of the box. For me, the process of i…

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, whi…

Meade 70mm

Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Review

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The Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO is a high-quality imaging refractor for wide-field astrophotography. This compact telescope utilizes FPL-53 ED glass to produce images with impressive color correction. The quadruplet lens system design results in an ultra flat-field, without the need for an additional field flattener. In November, I was given a chance to test the Meade 70mm Astrograph in my backyard. My excitement for this telescope should come as no surprise, considering my love for apochromatic refractors. The biggest question on my mind was just how flat the field be when using my DSL…

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Light Pollution Filters for Astrophotography

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One of the most common questions I receive each day is which light pollution filter I recommend for astrophotography in the city. There have never been so many choices available, with each one offering their own advantages and disadvantages. Couple that with the fact that these astrophotography filters can be expensive, and you've got some tough decisions to make. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to use a number of filters designed to improve astrophotography performance. This includes both deep-sky camera and telescope configurations, and with wide-angle camera lenses. In the fol…

iOptron CEM60

iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount Review

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The iOptron CEM60 is a center-balanced equatorial telescope mount that provides an excellent platform for visual astronomy and astrophotography.  What makes the iOptron CEM60 computerized telescope mount so special is its impressive weight to payload capacity ratio and the now famous "Z-shape" design. The design keeps the center of gravity directly over the center of the tripod (or tri-pier), giving the CEM60 natural balance. Because the center of gravity is also lower than in it is in a traditional equatorial mount design, it is also more stable. The iOptron CEM60 with my Expl…

Astrophotography with a 12nm ha filter

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With the aid of an Astronomik 12nm Ha filter, I can capture deep-sky images more often than ever before. With both the Canon EOS clip-in version for my DSLR and the 2" CCD round mounted version for the my dedicated astronomy camera, I collect photons in every moon phase. Despite the bright 80% illuminated moon this past Saturday night, I was able to capture some incredible deep sky photos of 2 deep sky emission nebula targets from my backyard in the city. Using my 102mm refractor telescopes, I collected isolated wavelengths of light on the Wizard Nebula in the constellation Cepheus, and Bub…