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M33 Galaxy

M33 Galaxy – The Triangulum Galaxy

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[caption id="attachment_2281" align="aligncenter" width="686"] M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy[/caption] The Triangulum Galaxy The M33 Galaxy is the third-largest galaxy in the local-group of galaxies, behind the Milky Way and Andromeda.  Its large size from our vantage point makes my wide-field astrophotography 80mm telescope a great choice for imaging this target. Despite it's size, the Triangulum Galaxy appears much dimmer than M31 - The Andromeda galaxy.  If you are new to astrophotography, chances are that the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the first few galaxy names you have learned…

Sadr Region in Cygnus | IC 1318 and Emission Nebula

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The Sadr Region in the Cygnus refers to the hydrogen emission nebula surrounding Sadr (Gamma Cygni) in the cross of the constellation Cygnus. In this area of the night sky, you will also find even more deep-sky astrophotography targets such as the Butterfly Nebula (IC 1318), and the Crescent Nebula. Sadr (a supergiant) has 12 times the mass of our Sun and about 150 times our Sun's radius. IC 1318 is considered to be the diffuse emission nebula surrounding Sadr. The image above shows the bright star, Sadr, at the top right of the image. This photo includes 72 x 4-minute exposures using a…

Sadr Star – Intersection of the Northern Cross

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Photographing the Sadr Star in Cygnus If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I was poking around in the middle of the constellation Cygnus last weekend, specifically centered on to the extremely bright Sadr star. I really wanted to post a really snazzy wide field photo of this region on this blog, but I was unhappy with my results. I set my mount and telescope up for imaging in the South, at the far edge of my backyard. This spot was a poor location for shooting straight up overhead at the constellation Cygnus for me, as I ran into trees by 1:30 am. The result, only 1 hour…

Perseid meteor shower

Photographing the 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower

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[caption id="attachment_2361" align="aligncenter" width="688"] I captured one Perseid meteor from my backyard - better luck next year![/caption] 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower Above photo taken August 13th, 2015 - 12:22am I was not able to travel to a pretty location to shoot the Perseids last night, so I just set up shop in the backyard! I planted my Canon 7D firmly on my tripod, and aimed above my house towards the constellation Perseus, and above. Using Backyard EOS, I set the camera to shoot 200 - 25-second exposures, at ISO 800. Then I went to bed!  Unfortunately, my battery died afte…

M8 and M20 Wide Field Image

Astrophotography from a Light Polluted Backyard

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Backyard Astrophotography Summer would not be complete without spending a night enjoying the dazzling beauty that is the constellation Sagittarius. The "teapot" asterism just clears my fence to the south of my backyard in central St. Catharines. From my latitude, August is my last chance to image the many star clusters and nebulae that populate this area. Last night, I set out to gather as much light on the Lagoon Nebula and the Trifid Nebula as possible before they dipped below the trees. With the nights being so short at this time of year, it is important to have your astrophotography eq…