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Winter Stargazing in Orion

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M42 & M43, The Orion Nebula (& Running Man) Imaged Friday, Nov 29, 2013 from Ontario, Canada. Camera Equipment and Settings: Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock) ISO: 1600 Exposure: 2 hours (30 x 240s) Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop CC Support Files: 15 darks Winter Stargazing in Orion The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula, south…

NGC 281 - Pacman Nebula

Pacman Nebula – Stock Canon DSLR

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Below, you will see an image of the Pacman Nebula using a stock (non-modified) DSLR camera. A Canon EOS Rebel Xsi (450D) to be exact. I have often said that an entry-level DSLR camera is probably the best astrophotography camera to start out with. DSLR cameras are affordable, versatile, and can be used for more than just astrophotography at night. They are also more user-friendly and don't require additional software tools to use. The deep sky image below is an example of what you can expect to capture through a telescope without an astro-modification. Further down the page, I'll show you w…

How To Take Pictures of Stars with a DSLR Camera

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Anyone with access to a DSLR camera and a tripod (or a steady surface) can take stunning photos of the night sky with all of its glorious stars. You will even start to see some Nebulae, Galaxies, Globular Clusters, the Milky Way, Meteorites, Auroras and more. Taking pictures of a starry sky (nightscape photography) is a wonderful experience that may help you learn some of the constellations as well. A camera sensor, like the one in your DSLR, is capable of recording much more light than our eyes can see. This is why we are able to enjoy much more detail in a photograph than with our naked e…

IC 1848 – The Soul Nebula

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My Attempt at the Soul Nebula IC 1848, The Soul Nebula Imaged Weds., Oct 2, 2013  32 subs 4 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 8 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Updated Version: The Soul Nebula Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FFMount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro SynscanGuiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD GuidingGuide Scope: Orion Mini 50mmCamera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)ISO: 1600Exposure: 2 hours 8 minutes (32 x 240s)Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in PhotoshopSupport Files: 15 bias, 30 darks Okay, I realize that the im…

IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula

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To view my latest image of the Pelican Nebula, have a look at the version captured using a dedicated astronomy camera (ZWO ASI294MC Pro). Narrowband filters can make capturing faint emission nebulae like the Pelican Nebula easier from the city, as it separates the light wavelengths associated with the target from a washed out sky. IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula Above: IC 5070, The Pelican Nebula Imaged Tues., Sept 4, 2013 17 subs 5 Minutes Each totaling 1 Hour, 25 Minutes PHOTO DETAILS Scope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Guidi…