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Cloudy nights

Unseasonably Warm, Cloudy Nights

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These cloudy nights have kept my garage door closed, and my telescope inside.  I don't usually like to make a blog entry without having some new astrophotography images to show, but at this point, I felt an update was needed.  Time is running out to add more exposures to my winter astrophotography projects. [caption id="attachment_5001" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Orion Nebula, Rosette Nebula, and Horsehead Nebula this winter[/caption] Despite the unfriendly weather, the AstroBackyard community continues to grow on Facebook and YouTube.  Never in a million years did I think t…

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Altair GPCAM2 Autoguiding Camera Review

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My friends over at Ontario Telescope & Accessories have sent me a new Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono autoguiding camera and 50mm Starwave guide scope to use with my astrophotography setup.  In this post, I'll give you an early look at this practical autoguiding solution for deep sky astrophotography. If you are doing some research into a new auto guiding setup to take longer exposures with your DSLR astrophotography camera, this review should show you what to expect when using this Mono sensor camera from Altair Astro. Autoguiding for Deep Sky Astrophotography If you are lucky enough to…

Bahtinov mask

Better Focus using a Bahtinov Mask

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Focusing stars through your telescope Achieving a sharp focus is an essential step of any deep-sky imaging session.  With so much time and effort put into your polar alignment and autoguiding accuracy, it would be a shame to spoil a photo due to poor focus. A Bahtinov mask is a tool designed to help you focus your telescope. In general, the smaller the stars are in your image, the better. One of the reasons I love my Explore Scientific ED 102 Refractor so much is its ability to capture pinpoint stars. However, this characteristic is only present in my images when my focus is spot-on.…