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Astronomy Photo on a Computer Screen

Screen Calibration

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When I purchased a new laptop computer back in 2016 for image processing and video editing and was quickly reminded of the importance of having a well-calibrated computer monitor. The brightness of my new laptop screen was intense. It appears to be about 25% brighter than my well-calibrated 23 Inch external IPS monitor.   When it comes to editing and viewing astrophotography images, the screen you're using can really change the appearance of your results. If it's too dim, you may not see all of the hidden imperfections in your data. This results in astrophotography images that ar…

City astrophotography

Astrophotography in the City

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Saturday Night Under the Stars Astrophotography in the City Last weekend I posted a new video to my YouTube channel titled DSLR Astrophotography - A Night in the Backyard with my Camera. It is now Early-April, and we are in what amateur astrophotographers call "Galaxy Season", as we transition from the Winter Constellations like Orion and Taurus, to the Summer Milky Way objects.  In between, there are some fantastic deep-sky objects to observe in the Spring Constellations Leo, Coma Berenices, and Bootes. The forecast called for clear skies on that crisp, cold Saturda…

Image Processing

Selective Processing for More Detail

Staying Inside - Image Processing The unseasonably cold weather and precipitation we have experienced here in Southern Ontario have given me the perfect opportunity to go through my old astrophotography images and reprocess the data.  I have been advancing my image-processing skills by studying current astronomy images taken by the pros. Being a creative professional myself, I have always understood and appreciated the power of inspiration. I am always interested in new image-processing techniques, Photoshop tutorials and new software that can enhance my work.…

DSLR Astrophotography

Deep-Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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Astrophotography in Galaxy Season This past weekend, the clouds conveniently parted for me on a nearly moonless Friday night. The "seeing" and "transparency" were by no means perfect, but I was not about to complain. Late winter and early spring are what's known as "galaxy season" among amateur astronomers and photographers alike.   The milder temperatures and the assortment of observable galaxies make this an enjoyable time of the year for astrophotography.  If I'm going to spend a night photographing galaxies from the backyard, it might as well be 3 at once: The Leo T…

Collimating a Newtonian Telescope

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Collimating a Newtonian telescope is something every backyard astronomer should experience.  In this post, I align my 8" Orion Astrograph Newtonian for a night of astrophotography in the backyard.  My deep sky target is M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy - in the constellation Ura Major.  With a proper alignment of the mirrors in this reflector, I should be able to capture a new portrait of the galaxy with my DSLR camera. Spoiler - things do not go well. My Newtonian Reflector is Ready for Spring   The clouds finally broke (to a certain degree) last Saturday night, and being the d…