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M16 – The Eagle Nebula

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This post provides a great example of what to expect when shooting the Eagle Nebula with a stock DSLR camera. When people ask me whether it's necessary to modify their DSLR to capture deep sky astrophotography images, I often think back to my early experiences with M16. M16 - The Eagle Nebula I have since updated my astrophotography image of the Eagle Nebula. This photogenic Nebula was imaged from my light-polluted backyard in Ontario, Canada. From my latitude, the core of the Milky Way does not rise very far off of the horizon. This can make photographing the many fascinating nebulae…

Capturing M81 and M82 with an 80mm Telescope

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This post was originally published in March 2012, when I was still learning how to use my astrophotography equipment. I was starting to see some promising results using the Explore Scientific ED80 refractor and my Celestron CG-5 GoTo mount. More importantly, the lessons I learned from Jerry Lodriguss were beginning to sink in and my image processing skills were improving. My workflow involving DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop has not changed, as I still use those 2 pieces of software to process my images today. My latest version of M81 and M82 We had a few clear nights during th…

Leo Triplet

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Over the past weekend, I again traveled to my dark sky observing site for some DSLR astrophotography. The nights of late January here in Ontario, Canada are long and cold. My deep sky target selection is a collection of 3 galaxies in the constellation Leo. The Leo Triplet of Galaxies This Saturday January 21st was or members observing night at my local astronomy club. Only myself and one other member attended because of cold weather and a lot of cloud cover. After setting up my gear at sundown, it wasn't until 3:30am that the clouds finally parted! I started out by capturing li…

Backyard Pleiades

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As you may have been able to tell from the image below, this post is quite old! This was the first time I attempted to capture Messier 45 through a refractor telescope from the backyard. Since then, I photographed The Pleiades several times. Looking back at this post, I realize how pivotal the books I ordered from Jerry Lodriguss were to my success. My current image processing workflow shadows many of the lessons learned from his tremendous videos. M45 - The Pleiades Although M45 is an extremely popular open star cluster in the night sky, it is very difficult to image properly. The t…