Reflector

One Hour, One Galaxy: My Astrophotography Triumph

One Hour, One Galaxy: My Astrophotography Triumph

I recently took an incredible picture of a distant galaxy using my backyard telescope. While many of you have seen me do this often on YouTube, this time, the experience was a little different. The rules of this galaxy photography challenge were simple. I could prepare my camera and telescope equipment beforehand, but I only…

Collimating a Newtonian Telescope

Collimating a Newtonian Telescope

Collimating a Newtonian telescope is something every backyard astronomer should experience.  In this post, I align my 8″ Orion Astrograph Newtonian for a night of astrophotography in the backyard. My deep-sky target is M101 – The Pinwheel Galaxy – in the constellation Ura Major.  With a proper alignment of the mirrors in this reflector, I…