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New Astrophotography Telescope

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I am thrilled to announce the purchase of a brand new telescope for astrophotography, and one that I've had my eye on for some time. Those of you looking to dive into the hobby of deep-sky astrophotography for the first time should see my post a choosing a telescope for astrophotography. I break down my top 5 choices for a beginner, which includes the 80mm version of the telescope mentioned below. Spoiler alert, they're all refractors! It's a very exciting time of year for astrophotographers with the return of the central bulge of the milky way in our night sky (in the Northern Hemisphere)…

Astronomy Photo on a Computer Screen

Screen Calibration

Screen Calibration for Astrophotography With my recent purchase of a new laptop computer, I am reminded of the importance of having a well calibrated computer monitor for editing and viewing astrophotos. The brightness of my new laptop screen is intense.  It appears to be about 25% brighter than my well-calibrated 23 Inch external IPS monitor.  This results in astrophotography images that are less-than pleasing to the eye.  I had to re-process many of my own photos in the photo gallery, once I discovered that they did not look the way I intended them to on different screens. Having a mo…

City astrophotography

Astrophotography in the City

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Saturday Night Under the Stars Astrophotography in the City Last weekend I posted a new video to the my YouTube channel titled DSLR Astrophotography - A Night in the Backyard with my Camera. It is now Early-April, and we are in what amateur astrophotographers call "Galaxy Season", as we transition from the Winter Constellations like Orion and Taurus, to the Summer Milky Way objects.  In between, there are some fantastic deep-sky objects to observe in the Spring Constellations Leo, Coma Berenices and Bootes. The forecast called for clear skies on that crisp, cold Saturday night in S…

Image Processing

Selective Processing for More Detail

Staying Inside - Image Processing The unseasonably cold weather and precipitation we have experienced here in Southern Ontario have given me the perfect opportunity to go through my old astrophotography images and reprocess the data.  I have been advancing my image-processing skills by studying current astronomy images taken by the pros. Being a creative professional myself, I have always understood and appreciated the power of inspiration. I am always interested in new image-processing techniques, photoshop tutorials and new software that can enhance my work.  Through selective pro…

DSLR Astrophotography

Deep-Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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Astrophotography in Galaxy Season This past weekend, the clouds conveniently parted for me on a nearly moonless Friday night.  The "seeing" and "transparency" were by no means perfect, but I was not about to complain.  Late winter and early spring are what's known as "galaxy season" among amateur astronomers and photographers alike.  The milder temperatures and the assortment of observable galaxies make this an enjoyable time of the year for astrophotography.  If I'm going to spend a night photographing galaxies from the backyard, it might as well be 3 at once: the Leo Triplet. Winte…