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Astrophotography from the City vs Dark Sky
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Astrophotography from the City vs Dark Sky

If you are like me, you spend most of your time photographing deep-sky objects from your backyard. While I love a good dark sky trip, the backyard is where the majority of my astrophotography projects take place. The backyard is a convenient option for an impulsive night of astrophotography, but what are we missing out…

UN to Address Impact of Satellite Constellations on Astronomy

UN to Address Impact of Satellite Constellations on Astronomy

After rejection a year ago, the Scientific and Technical subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) has agreed to add the issue of satellite constellations as an agenda item for further discussion. It will be addressed as ‘Dark and Quiet Skies, astronomy and large constellations: addressing emerging issues…

Winter Star Party

Winter Star Party

The Winter Star Party is held under Bortle 3 skies in the Florida Keys during the February new moon. It is hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society and has just celebrated 40 years of operation. This premier star party boasts an appealing climate and a unique location for star lovers. I’m not sure there…

Seestar S50 Review
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Seestar S50 Review

The SeeStar S50 is an all-in-one smart telescope that makes astrophotography easy. While its main goal is to deliver electronically assisted views of objects in space, the pictures it takes are pretty darn good. If you thought that smart telescopes were just “expensive toys”, I think you’d be surprised to see some of the incredible…

JWST Crab Nebula vs. Amateur Telescope

JWST Crab Nebula vs. Amateur Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just released a new image of the Crab Nebula using its NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) and MIRI (Mid-Infrared Instrument). This supernova remnant lies about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.  The Crab Nebula has fascinated astronomers for many years since a ‘guest star’ was first documented by…

Deep-Sky Astrophotography How-To
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Deep-Sky Astrophotography How-To

While I have several videos discussing this topic of deep-sky astrophotography how-to on my YouTube channel, I realized it was time for a thorough walkthrough of my entire current process (2023) of capturing deep-sky images with a camera and telescope.  This article aims to accomplish that goal by providing a step-by-step roadmap to follow to…

William Optics GT81 WIFD Review

William Optics GT81 WIFD Review

The William Optics GT 81 (Gran Turismo) is an apochromatic refractor telescope with an innovative internal focus design (WIFD). William’s ‘Gran Turismo’ line of refractor telescopes have been around for many years, and are well enjoyed in the amateur astrophotography community.  This telescope features an impressive full-frame image circle (44.4mm), which is an important specification…