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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 DS…

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Light Pollution Filters for Astrophotography

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 ca…

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…