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Milky Way Photography with a DSLR

DSLR Photography Tips: Shooting the Milky Way on a Tripod

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It's time for another Photoshop tutorial, along with some night sky DSLR photography tips.  This time, the subject is our glorious Milky Way galaxy.  There is nothing more humbling than spending a night under the band of stars seen from within our barred spiral galaxy. The true beauty of our universe is displayed in the arching collection of stars known as the Milky Way. In the image processing video below, I'll show you how to use Adobe Camera Raw to get the most out of your DSLR image. I'll also cover some online photography schools available for those who wish to learn more. [ca…

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. I used APT to capture the Whale Galaxy using a One Shot Color CCD camera. 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 CCD. I feel confident inve…

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…