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Seestar S50 Review
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Seestar S50 Review

The SeeStar S50 is an all-in-one smart telescope that makes astrophotography easy. While its main goal is to deliver electronically assisted views of objects in space, the pictures it takes are pretty darn good. If you thought that smart telescopes were just “expensive toys”, I think you’d be surprised to see some of the incredible…

JWST Crab Nebula vs. Amateur Telescope

JWST Crab Nebula vs. Amateur Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just released a new image of the Crab Nebula using its NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) and MIRI (Mid-Infrared Instrument). This supernova remnant lies about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.  The Crab Nebula has fascinated astronomers for many years since a ‘guest star’ was first documented by…

Deep-Sky Astrophotography How-To
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Deep-Sky Astrophotography How-To

While I have several videos discussing this topic of deep-sky astrophotography how-to on my YouTube channel, I realized it was time for a thorough walkthrough of my entire current process (2023) of capturing deep-sky images with a camera and telescope.  This article aims to accomplish that goal by providing a step-by-step roadmap to follow to…

William Optics GT81 WIFD Review

William Optics GT81 WIFD Review

The William Optics GT 81 (Gran Turismo) is an apochromatic refractor telescope with an innovative internal focus design (WIFD). William’s ‘Gran Turismo’ line of refractor telescopes have been around for many years, and are well enjoyed in the amateur astrophotography community.  This telescope features an impressive full-frame image circle (44.4mm), which is an important specification…

The Ghost Nebula

The Ghost Nebula

The Ghost Nebula (Sh2-136) is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus. This object lies very close to the star cluster known as NGC 7023, and the Iris Nebula. The Ghost Nebula spans roughly 2 light-years across and appears as a yellowish-brown color in photographs. Its appearance is indeed ‘ghostly’ which is the origin…

$1,000 vs $10,000 Telescope for Astrophotography
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$1,000 vs $10,000 Telescope for Astrophotography

Have you ever wondered what the same deep-space object would look like using two very different telescopes? I thought this was a great concept for a video (see below) and a real eye-opener for those looking into upgrading their telescope for astrophotography. For this experiment, we used two high-quality refractor telescopes that were very different…

9 Must-See Observatories in the U.S.

If you are interested in the hobby of astronomy, you know the key role many U.S. observatories play in advancing the space sciences and understanding our universe. From ground-breaking discoveries to monitoring near-Earth asteroids, the research being done by astronomical observatories is essential.  In addition to their scientific importance, observatories make great tourist destinations, offering…