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M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in Orion The above image is a stack of 180, 210 and 270 Second Subs combined over three nights spanning 3 months.  The total time is just under 3 hours with 49 light frames total.  About 1.5 hours of this combined image was captured under dark skies at the CCCA.  Once I get some more time in there (hopefully this Friday;)  I will ditch the light polluted data from the backyard.  

Unmodded DSLR Test – California Nebula

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The following photo of the California Nebula was captured using my DSLR camera before it was modified for astrophotography. NGC 1499 is perhaps the best example of the difference removing the stock IR cut filter from your DSLR camera can make. For emission nebula like this, an image with a stock camera vs. modified is night and day. Have a look at a more recent version of the California Nebula captured using a modified (Full Spectrum) DSLR. NGC 1499 - The California Nebula ES ED80 Canon Xsi unmodded (54) 3 Min Frames @ iso 1600 Stacked with Darks in DSS, Processed in PS CS5 When I…

Fall Imaging Begins!

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NGC 7000 - The North American Nebula Stack of about 50 180" frames, stacked with darks, stretched in PS CS5.  Using Canon Xsi (unmodded), Explore Scientific ED80, Celestron CG-5, Meade Dsi II and Orion Mini 50mm for autoguiding. I just realized that I hadn't uploaded this image yet!  The weather has been horrible for astronomy over the last 2 weeks, so I haven't had anything new to process for a while.  This is a combination of data from my backyard and a close friends backyard in Jordan, Ontario.  The skies were much darker in Jordan, as seen in the photo below: Mil…

2012 Astrophotography Video Montage

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I have been working on this video for the past 6 months.  Not because I have been tweaking it to perfection, but because keep getting newer, better images to add to it!  It's basically a slideshow with music, but I think it does a good job a re-creating the feeling I get when I shoot the night sky.  I hope you enjoy it!

Taurus Constellation

Autumn Stars Arise

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M45 - The Pleiades Autumn Stars - Pleiades Rising Last Saturday I spent a very cold, but very dark and clear night at the RASC Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario.  There were 4 of us that stayed the night, and I think every one of us complained about being under dressed!  I began my night by shooting NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula.  I have never tried to shoot this object before, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible from Southern Ontario.  I ended up with about 2 hours on it, but I think I will need to double that to really bring out the detail.  As you can see, my unmod…