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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 in Perseus is perhaps the best example of the difference removing the stock IR cut filter from your DSLR camera can make. For an emission nebula like this, an image with a stock camera vs. modified is night and day. Some emission nebula are well suited for a stock camera, such as the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. As you'll be able to tell from the photo below, the California Nebula is not one of them. NGC 1499 - The California Nebula. ES ED80 Canon Xsi…

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!

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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 underdressed!  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 yo…

A Months worth of Imaging and Processing

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Back in 2012 when I wrote this post, I had no idea of the dedication needed for astrophotography. Spending a month taking pictures of and processing a single target is nothing. In fact, to spend less time than that on a particular subject now, would seem odd. I guess you could say that this experience began to reveal the truth about this addictive hobby - it's time-consuming! Add in the fact that acquiring the images happens at night, and you've got some long days ahead of you. With that said, here is my report on the Iris Nebula from many years ago. I was just starting to realize what i…