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Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrids Meteor Shower

The Lyrids meteor shower, which peaks in late April, is one of the oldest known meteor showers. According to NASA, the Lyrids have been observed for 2,700 years, with the first recorded sighting as far back as 687 BC. What is a Meteor Shower? Meteor showers, such as the Lyrids, are leftover particles (debris and…

Brightest Galaxies in the Night Sky

Brightest Galaxies in the Night Sky

A galaxy is a collection of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter held together by gravity. There are several different types of galaxies, including spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, irregular galaxies, and lenticular galaxies, which are often classified based on their appearance, The largest galaxies (i.e. supergiants) are thought to contain up to one hundred trillion…

Astrophotography | 14 Must-Know Starting Tips
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Astrophotography | 14 Must-Know Starting Tips

If you’re getting started in astrophotography, I am here to save you some time and frustration by learning from the mistakes of myself and others. Whether you’re looking into a full-blown deep-sky camera and telescope setup, or just getting started with a DSLR and tripod, I think this article will come in handy. The following…

The Dark Skies of the Okie-Tex Star Party
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The Dark Skies of the Okie-Tex Star Party

We have just returned from a memorable astrophotography trip at a Bortle 1 dark sky site. The event was an annual star party hosted by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club known as the Okie-Tex Star Party. After a few location changes during the first several years, the star party found its home at Camp Billy…

My Latest Portable Astrophotography Build
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My Latest Portable Astrophotography Build

Are you looking to build a full-featured (GoTo, autoguiding, etc.) portable astrophotography rig for this summer? If so, I think I have found the perfect “template” to follow (with plenty of room for substitutions, of course). The major difference between this setup and the portable rigs I’ve shared on this site before is that this one…

Photographing Thor’s Helmet from the City
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Photographing Thor’s Helmet from the City

In this post, I’ll walk you through my process of photographing a jaw-dropping nebula in the night sky known as Thor’s Helmet. As usual, there were a number of challenges in my way, but it wouldn’t be astrophotography without a little stress now would it? I am using an imaging setup that I have used…

ISO and Astrophotography

ISO and Astrophotography

What is ISO, and how does it affect your astrophotography images? It’s one of the first astrophotography camera settings newcomers to the hobby ask me about. Does it really increase the camera’s sensitivity to light at the expense of introducing more noise? Is it better to shoot more short exposures using a high ISO than…