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The Best Lens for Astrophotography (That You Probably Already Own)

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In my opinion, the best astrophotography lens is one that can capture a variety of images of the night sky in a reliable and consistent way. Not all camera lenses are created equal, and imaging a night sky full of pinpoint stars has a way of bringing out the worst (or best) of your lenses capabilities. In the following post, I'll share my experiences using 2 astonishingly affordable camera lenses for astrophotography. I shoot with both full-frame and APS-C sized sensor Canon DSLR's, so the lenses are both made by Canon. The Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, and the Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 wide angle lens…

Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit Review

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The Pegasus Astro stepper motor kit is an affordable way give your astrophotography telescope a huge upgrade. Once installed, it allows you to make precision adjustments to your telescope focus without touching the telescope. Achieving (and maintaining) focus is one of the most important aspects of deep sky imaging, which means that this small upgrade can have a profound impact on your astrophotography images. The Pegasus Astro stepper motor kit is easy to install on an imaging refractor telescope, and the included software works as intended right out of the box. For me, the process of inst…

Building a Deep Sky Astrophotography Kit

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I am often asked for my opinion on the best route to take when it comes to building a deep sky astrophotography kit for the first time. A popular option for many night sky enthusiasts is to start with a DSLR camera and telescope, and I can understand why. Building an astrophotography setup that revolves around a user-friendly, entry-level DSLR can reap some impressive results. Modern-day hobbyist/beginner digital SLR cameras such as the Canon EOS Rebel T7i or Nikon D3400 provide the least-steep learning curve when it comes to deep sky imaging in a very technical and sometimes overwhelming h…

William Optics FLT 132

Capturing Orion with a Fluorostar 132

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I have recently had the incredible opportunity to try out an enormous 132mm refractor telescope for some deep sky astrophotography.  Connecting a DSLR camera to a telescope like this is something I never dreamed I would have the pleasure of doing. This is as good as it gets for fans of the apochromatic refractor telescope design. The William Optics Flourostar 132 is an F/7 triplet apochromatic refractor, designed to deliver superior deep-sky astrophotography performance.  The massive 132mm objective lens means that it collects light from objects in space at an impressive rate, which can t…

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Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Review

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The Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO is high-quality imaging refractor for wide field astrophotography. This compact telescope utilizes FPL-53 ED glass to produce images with impressive color correction. The quadruplet lens system design results in an ultra flat-field, without the need for an additional field flattener. In November, I was given a chance to test the Meade 70mm Astrograph in my backyard. My excitement for this telescope should come as no surprise, considering my love for apochromatic refractors. The biggest question on my mind was just how flat the field be when using my DSLR c…