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Light Pollution Filters for Astrophotography

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One of the most common questions I receive each day is which light pollution filter I recommend for astrophotography in the city.  There have never been so many choices available, with each one offering their own advantages and disadvantages.  Couple that with the fact that these astrophotography filters can be expensive, and you've got some tough decisions to make. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to use a number of filters designed to improve astrophotography performance.  This includes both deep-sky camera and telescope configurations, and with wide-angle camera lenses.  I…

7 astrophotography tips

7 Astrophotography Tips You Can Try Tonight

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The following astrophotography tips apply whether you are shooting deep sky with a DSLR and telescope, or with a simple camera lens on a tripod.  If you are just getting your feet wet, and are looking to capture a photo of the night sky that includes colorful, sharp stars and maybe a galaxy or nebula - these 7 astrophotography tips will help you get there. As a preface, the bare minimum you will need to take an astrophotography image like the one below is a DSLR Camera, A basic camera lens, and a sturdy tripod.  For an extraordinary shot, extras like a remote shutter cable and a star tra…

iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount | First Look

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The iOptron CEM60 is a center-balanced equatorial mount that provides an excellent platform for astrophotography.  This astrophotography mount has created quite a buzz both in terms of design and performance.  Weighing in at just 27 lbs, this mount can handle a substantial payload of 60 lbs. I've been given an opportunity to review the iOptron CEM60 this month, and hope to share my experiences in astrophotography along the way. This a step up from my previous mount used for deep sky astrophotography, the Sky-Watcher HEQ-5 Pro. The iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount The early feedback I…