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8 Deep Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

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In the astrophotography realm, Galaxy Season refers to the period in Spring when the night sky offers up a slew of incredible galaxies to observe and photograph.  From early March until Mid-May, the window of opportunity for night sky enthusiasts is open to those who wish to a wide variety of different galaxies. Astrophotography in the Spring Whether you own a large SCT (Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope) or a small refractor, galaxy season means an opportunity to focus on a new array of deep-sky objects that are well-deserving of your attention. The thought of photographing another galaxy full…

Orion Image Gallery

Orion Image Gallery: Your Astrophotos

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As we approach the Full Moon in March, we have to accept the fact that the stunning winter deep-sky astrophotography objects have faded into the West for another year.  Galaxy Season is upon us, with new and exciting imaging opportunities for your camera and telescope.  Before I dive into some of the Spring deep-sky targets on my agenda, I've decided to honor the amazing images captured by fellow amateur astrophotographers from around the world over the winter. I reached out to the AstroBackyard community on Facebook, asking everyone to share their images of Orion this winter.  I am h…

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Well, this is it.  In this deep sky image processing tutorial, I'll be combining all of the data I was able to collect on the Orion Nebula this winter.  As we transition into Spring, a new array of deep-sky imaging targets will present themselves.  The winter astrophotography targets in the Orion constellation will have to wait another year to get photographed. The camera used for this image was a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D), an excellent choice for beginners looking to dive into deep sky astrophotography. Deep Sky Image Processing Processing Walkthrough - Orion Nebula with a DSLR…

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…

The telescope with a guide scope mounted

60mm Starwave Guide Scope Package for Autoguiding

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My friends over at Ontario Telescope & Accessories have sent me a new Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono autoguiding camera and 60mm 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 looking to implement an autoguiding package to your imaging rig, the Starwave 60mm Autoguiding Package is an excellent option.  I have used this guide scope and camera on a number of deep sky astrophotography projects, including the Soul Nebula (Image Below). Having the ability…