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Deep-Sky Astrophotography During a Full Moon

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The clouds have parted, and I have enjoyed 2 cold, clear nights of astrophotography back-to-back! This is a fortunate occurrence that doesn’t come very often, especially during a Canadian winter. However, the moon is nearly full, rising in the late evening in its waning gibbous phase. This reminds me of a question that comes up time and time again. Is deep-sky astrophotography during a full moon a waste of time? The moon reflects bright sunlight into the sky for about a week on either side of a full moon. This moonlight floods the sky and is so bright that it washes out faint deep-sky objec…

Orion with a DSLR and Telescope

The ultimate astrophotography target for your DSLR and telescope

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It's very exciting to know that the night sky is full of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters to observe and photograph.  The great Andromeda Galaxy, the glimmering Pleiades, and the vibrant red California Nebula are all jaw-dropping astrophotography subjects. But what is the best way to capture these amazing deep-sky objects? The followers of this blog know that I am all about astrophotography with a DSLR and telescope.  This is a popular deep-sky imaging setup and is capable of some incredible results using affordable equipment that can often be purchased used. A DSLR camera is…

Horsehead Nebula in HaRGB

The Horsehead Nebula in HaRGB

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Over the past 2 months, the Horsehead Nebula has been the focus of my astrophotography attention. The winter weather has set in, with cold nights and frequent cloud cover.  Despite these challenges, I have been able to take photos from my backyard on 3 separate occasions in November and December. On December 13, 2016 - My image of the Horsehead Nebula was Today's Image on EarthSky!  I have followed EarthSky since before I owned a telescope, and it is a huge thrill to see my image grace their website!  The article even includes the video from my backyard, so I hope to expand m…

Winter deep sky astrophotography

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November is an exciting month for backyard astrophotographers as we transition into a new season of fantastic winter deep-sky targets. These constellations contain some of the best nebulae and star clusters the sky has to offer. The colder temperatures mean less noise in your images, which is great news for DSLR camera owners. The image of the Horsehead Nebula above is combined data from 2015 and this month.  View the complete photo details here. The winter deep-sky targets in the Orion constellation are arguably the best of the Northern Hemisphere. With my recent addition of…

Manual Stacking in Photoshop for Reduced Noise

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Even without a tracking mount, your astrophotography images can benefit from manual stacking in Photoshop. This method involves aligning exposures and combining them into a master composite.  It can make a big impact on your astrophotos by reducing noise and improving the signal-to-noise ratio. The images used in the example were captured using a camera lens in place of a telescope. A wide-angle lens can be a tremendous way to photograph a large area of the night sky at once, rather than zooming in on a deep sky object. [caption id="attachment_4045" align="aligncenter" width="7…