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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…

Explore Scientific ED102 CF

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

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When I purchased a new laptop computer back in 2016 for image processing and video editing and was quickly reminded of the importance of having a well-calibrated computer monitor. The brightness of my new laptop screen was intense. It appears to be about 25% brighter than my well-calibrated 23 Inch external IPS monitor.   When it comes to editing and viewing astrophotography images, the screen you're using can really change the appearance of your results. If it's too dim, you may not see all of the hidden imperfections in your data. This results in astrophotography images that ar…

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 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 Saturda…