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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…

Collimating a Newtonian Telescope

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Collimating a Newtonian telescope is something every backyard astronomer should experience.  In this post, I align my 8" Orion Astrograph Newtonian for a night of astrophotography in the backyard.  My deep sky target is M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy - in the constellation Ura Major.  With a proper alignment of the mirrors in this reflector, I should be able to capture a new portrait of the galaxy with my DSLR camera. Spoiler - things do not go well. My Newtonian Reflector is Ready for Spring   The clouds finally broke (to a certain degree) last Saturday night, and being the d…

What’s new in 2016?

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I usually like to wait until I've got a new astrophotography image to share before I make a post, but today I just felt like sharing some thoughts about where I am at with this blog. Astrobackyard.com is still in it's early stages, but I have had quite a few vistors as of late and I am truly honored that you have decided to take a moment out of your busy day to view my astronomy images. The Winter Blues The skies have been painfully clouded over for what seems like the last 3 months, and I really haven't got any decent imaging done since photographing the Horsehead Nebula in December. …