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Astro Photography Tool Review

Astro Photography Tool for Camera Control

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I have recently installed Astro Photography Tool on my dedicated astrophotography laptop. From my very first imaging sequence, I knew I was going to like this application. There is no better way to learn a new imaging application than to put it to use for a night of deep sky imaging.  With clear night ahead of me, I dive into Astro Photography Tool to plan my Whale Galaxy astrophotography project. In the video below, I also discuss my ongoing transition from a DSLR camera to a cooled CMOS camera. The process of controlling a dedicated astronomy camera like the ZWO ASI071MC Cool is much…

Markarian's Chain

Astrophotography: Markarian’s Chain in Virgo Cluster

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Markarian's Chain is an impressive photography subject for those with a camera and telescope to capture it.  This string of 7 distinct galaxies is a member of the Virgo Cluster and epitomizes the types of astrophotography subjects available during galaxy season. On Friday Night (Good Friday), I was spoiled with a second consecutive clear night sky.  The moon would rise above the horizon by 11:30 pm, so I had a few hours of moonless imaging time to squeeze in. Markarian's Chain is a prominent feature within the impressive Virgo Cluster of galaxies.  M87 is the brightest member of t…

Remove gradients photoshop

Remove Gradients in Your Astrophotos with Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is the preferred weapon of choice for many astrophotographers of varying levels of experience.  The intuitive user interface and limitless image processing capabilities make it a real contender in the astrophotography world. The seamless integration with the .RAW image files produced by a Digital Camera makes Photoshop an attractive choice for photographers using popular Canon and Nikon DSLR's. It continues to be my personal favorite tool for processing astrophotography images. Whether you are brand new to astrophotography image processing, or a seasoned veteran, an…

The Leo Triplet

CCD Camera Target: The Leo Triplet

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My testing of the ASI071MC-Cool Astrophotography Camera continues.  This time, on the Leo Triplet of Galaxies. This CCD-style camera (One-shot color CMOS sensor) has taken the place of my Canon T3i DSLR for now.  After some early struggles, I have enjoyed learning the new photography techniques involved with CCD imaging. By now, many of you have transitioned from deep sky targets that were available during the Winter months into the springtime galaxies (myself included).  Even though each night kicks off with Orion, the constellation quickly fades into the glow of the city as the night p…

CCD Camera vs. DSLR for astrophotography

CCD vs. DSLR – A New Learning Curve

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Like many of you, I love shooting astrophotography with my DSLR.  I control my Canon Rebel T3i with BackyardEOS to capture deep-sky objects through my telescope.  Then, the real fun begins by processing the images in DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. This method has worked for me for years, and there is lots of room to expand my astrophotography skills using this setup.  I favor this system because it is beginner friendly, and it's where I can help others get started. However, I couldn't turn down an opportunity to try out the new ASI071MC-Cool for the first time.  Let's ta…