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iOptron iPolar Review

Upgrade Your SkyGuider Pro with iPolar

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In my latest video, I captured a wide-field deep sky object using an impressive little star tracker, the iOptron SkyGuider Pro. Since 2017, I've captured several deep sky images with the SkyGuider Pro, with a DSLR camera attached to a camera or small telescope. In my latest adventures in the backyard, I've set up the iOptron SkyGuider Pro once more, but this time I've added a rather simple device that makes a critical step of the astrophotography acquisition stage process easier, and more precise. The iPolar Electronic Polarscope The iPolar electronic polarscope uses a small camera to u…

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Review

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The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro is a computerized equatorial telescope mount with GoTo capabilities. This equatorial (EQ) mount is capable of providing precise, accurate tracking of the night sky, and is suitable for long-exposure astrophotography.  The core specifications of this equatorial mount include having a built-in ST-4 autoguider port, a payload capacity of 44 pounds, and a SynScan computer hand controller with an extensive database of objects.  I have been using the Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro telescope mount since October 2018, and have used it to capture several deep sky images…

Select and Mask Photoshop Tutorial

Use the Select and Mask Tool in Photoshop

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The Select and Mask Tool in Photoshop CC is a powerful way to edit selective areas of your astrophotography images. Whether you want to separate the stars from your deep sky target, or apply subtle noise reduction to the background sky of your image, the select and mask feature will get you there. Adobe Photoshop CC is an effective way to process astrophotography images, in a very creative and enjoyable way. If you use Photoshop to process your astrophotos like I do, this tutorial should be very useful to you. Download Photoshop CC (Single App Plan) var uri = 'https://imp.tradedoubler.c…

NEAF

NEAF 2019

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As usual, I only scratched the surface of what NEAF has to offer. I attend the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) as an amateur astrophotography enthusiast looking to get an up close look at the latest and greatest gear, but NEAF is a lot more than just vendor and exhibitors booths. NEAF has been hosted by the Rockland Astronomy Club in Suffern, New York since 1991. This event has featured some incredible speakers over the years including Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, David Levy and many more. NEAF is the largest and most exciting space, science, and astronomy show in the United States.…

Celestron RASA Review

Celestron RASA 8 F/2 Review

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The Celestron RASA 8 F/2 Astrograph is a modern astrophotography telescope with an optical design that allows you to collect deep sky images using short exposure times. Based on the popular 11" version, the 8” model is the most affordable RASA (Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph) in Celestron’s lineup. The RASA optical system presents a modern and practical approach to extremely fast deep sky astrophotography. I like to think of it as an evolved Schmidt camera for today's amateur astrophotographer. I should start off by saying that until now, I’ve never used an SCT (Schmidt-Cassegra…