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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.  With the mount itself weighing in at just 27 lbs, this mount can handle a substantial payload deep sky imaging gear of up to 60 lbs. This opens the doors to countless astrophotography telescope configurations. 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 the capabilities a…

Astrophotography with a 12nm ha filter

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With the aid of an Astronomik 12nm Ha filter, I can capture deep-sky images more often than ever before.  With both the h-alpha clip version for my Canon DSLR and the 2" CCD round mounted version for the 183C, I collect photons in every moon phase. Despite the bright 80% illuminated moon on Saturday night - I was able to capture some incredible deep sky photos of the Wizard Nebula and Bubble Nebula in narrowband h-alpha and OIII wavelengths from my city backyard. The 2" Astronomik round mounted versions thread into my Altair Lightwave 0.8x field flattener/reducer - which I unite with m…

William Optics Zenithstar 61 APO Review

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The William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a doublet apochromatic refractor telescope that excels in deep-sky DSLR astrophotography.  The Z61 is the most portable telescope ever made by William Optics, a company with a reputation for building beautiful astrophotography refractors. In this review, I'll tell you why I think the William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a top contender when it comes to affordable astrophotography telescopes.  I'll cover the features and specs of the scope, and share some examples of deep sky images taken using this refractor. [caption id="attachment_7179" align="aligncent…

Andromeda Galaxy

Photographing the Andromeda Galaxy

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With summer coming to a close, I had one last chance for some deep sky astrophotography under dark skies.  Choosing an astrophotography target at a dark sky site requires some serious thought. The key is to focus on an object that will benefit from broadband color data without the need for harsh light pollution filters. After much deliberation, I decided to spend this rare occasion with my sights set on the Andromeda Galaxy. Cataloged as Messier 31, Andromeda is a massive spiral galaxy that demands attention. This month, it's well placed in the night sky for your next astrophotography proj…