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Perseid meteor shower photo

Perseid Meteor shower 2016

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This year's Perseid meteor shower could be the best in years! Update: Perseid Meteor Shower Photo shot on August 11, 2016 [caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Perseid Meteor photographed from my backyard the Night of August 10th-11th[/caption] August 11, 2016 I captured a photo of a small meteor the night of August 10th-11th, 2016 from my backyard.  I piggybacked my Canon 7D DSLR camera on my astrophotography telescope and equatorial mount so that I could take advantage of auto guiding for longer exposures.  This is a manual stack of 6 x 1.5-minute exposures…

Delta Aquarid meteor shower 2016

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2016

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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is heading towards it's peak at the end of this month.  But let me make one thing clear right away, this is not going to be a dazzling show of constant meteors that light up the night sky.  This meteor shower is not known to be  a great performer, although these celestial events have been known to be somewhat unpredictable.  July 28th and 29th offer the best chance at catching a few "fireballs" in the night sky.  The Delta Aquarid meteor shower begins on July 12, and runs until August 23rd.  If you are watching the Perseid meteor shower in early August…

Canon Rebel Astrophotography

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The very first camera I used for astrophotography was an old Canon Rebel Xsi (450D) DSLR. Even though the production of this camera was discontinued many years ago, I still use and enjoy this camera today. I eventually upgraded my DSLR camera to a (slightly) newer Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D), and it came pre-modified for astrophotography. The modification that was made to this camera is known as the "full spectrum modification", which involved removing the stock IR cut filter inside the camera body. Although there are many choices to consider when it comes to choosing a camera for astroph…

HaRGB Astrophotography

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Right now is the absolute best time of the year for backyard astrophotography.  The days are warm and the nights are clear, summer star gazing is here!  The core of our Milky Way galaxy has returned to our night sky here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes many celestial delights such as the colorful nebulae located in and around the constellation Sagittarius.  For me, Summer astrophotography means pointing my telescope right where the action is - in the core of the Milky Way, soaking in as much exposure time as possible.  These days do not last long!  We have but a brief windo…

IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula

Forgotten Light Frames

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While digging though some old folders on Adobe Bridge, I stumbled across some unprocessed, 300 second light frames of the Flaming Star Nebula from November 2013!  When you are desperate to get out and image a new target, this is like hitting gold.  I was originally looking for my raw files of the Pacman Nebula, which I feel is in desperate need a new process. (Those stars look pretty rough)  I found a folder labelled "Flaming Star - 5 Min Lights".  I never processed this image!  The Flaming Star Nebula is a colorful collection of glowing gas and dust lit up by the bright star AE Aurigae…