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Planets in Pre-Dawn Sky

5 Visible Planets at Once

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I woke up at 5:30am this morning to attempt to photograph the 5 visible planets at dawn. This astronomical event is rather rare, and will only be possible for about 2 more weeks. Seeing the 5 brightest planets simultaneously has not been possible since 2005! The first week of February is the absolute best time to see all five planets in the pre-dawn sky. Mercury is by far the hardest planet to spot because of it never strays too far from the sun from our perspective. However, it's proximity to Venus and the waning crescent moon makes it much easier to locate this week. [caption id="at…

double cluster in Perseus

Double Cluster in Perseus

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NGC 869 and NGC 884 Date Photographed: February 1, 2016 Total Exposure Time: 30 Minutes (60 x 30" frames @ ISO 800) Mount: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan Camera: Canon EOS 7D (stock) Camera Lens: Canon EF 300mm F/4L Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC The clear sky chart for my area stated that the skies were to be clear for approximately 2 hours on Monday night. That was all the inspiration I needed to head out to the backyard and do some experimenting. Nights like this are perfect for trying out new techniques and equipment. Anything I…

Astrobackyard.com - DSLR Astrophotography Blog

Astrophotography by Trevor Jones

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What is Astrobackyard.com? This astrophotography blog creates an outlet for me to share images, information and tips about my favourite hobby. I received lots of help when I began this hobby in 2011, and it's my turn to pay-it-forward to the next wave of astrophotographers. I have watched the hobby grow in the short years that I have been involved. There are more options and information out there now than ever before. The one aspect that does not change is a love for the night sky. The story behind the sites name is that the backyard is where I began my journey, and where I still spend the…

Full Moon on Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve Moon 2015

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  Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of my fellow astronomy nerds out there!  2015 was an amazing year for me and my family with the purchase of a new home and the addition of a new four-legged friend named Rudolph. Next year will be even better as I continue advancing my skills in astrophotography, and sharing new tips and tutorials with my audience.  Thank you to everyone who has ever liked, retweeted, reblogged or double-tapped any of my images this year.  Merry Christmas! So how did I get this shot? I always seem to get a lot of comments about how interesting my moon…

M42 – The Gorgeous Orion Nebula

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Located below Orion's Belt, the Orion Nebula is now gracing our skies each night The skies were clear in Niagara last weekend, so I set up my telescope for a night of astrophotography imaging. There are so many great imaging options at this time of year. The Pleiades, the Pacman Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy and the Dumbbell Nebula are all on display right now, to name a few. I settled on the Orion Nebula because it's an "all-nighter" object from my backyard viewing area. I set my trusty Canon 450D to capture 60 three minute exposures while I slept. The focusing, fram…