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What’s new in 2016?

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I usually like to wait until I've got a new astrophotography image to share before I make a post, but today I just felt like sharing some thoughts about where I am at with this blog. Astrobackyard.com is still in it's early stages, but I have had quite a few vistors as of late and I am truly honored that you have decided to take a moment out of your busy day to¬†view my astronomy images. The Winter Blues The skies have been painfully clouded over for what seems like the last 3 months, and I really haven't got any decent imaging done since photographing the Horsehead Nebula in December. ¬…

Deep Sky Stacker Tutorial

Astrophotography Video Tutorial

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Astrophotography Video Tutorial In my first ever astrophotography video tutorial, I take a crack at the Rosette Nebula using data collected in February 2014. I have plans of shooting a video about light frame acquisition in the future, but this one is about what happens after you have already captured your data.  This astrophotography video tutorial may be useful to anyone who has questions about the stacking process, and processing the created .TIF file in Adobe Photoshop. I must admit, I learned a lot about how I could improve upon these videos in the future duri…

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…