Review

Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope Review

Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope Review

The Celestron NexStar 8SE computerized telescope is one of the best-selling telescope packages of all time. It features a large aperture optical telescope and a computerized GoTo mount. The NexStar series of SCTs have been around for over a decade, and I was finally able to experience this beginner-friendly telescope for myself. I was impressed…

Using a Sigma 24mm F/1.4 for Astrophotography

Using a Sigma 24mm F/1.4 for Astrophotography

The Sigma 24mm F/1.4 lens is an interesting choice for astrophotography, particularly wide-angle Milky Way photography. With an f-ratio of F/1.4, this Sigma art series lens can pull in a lot of light under a dark night sky. While a few lenses in their art-series line-up are well-suited for low-light photography, I consider the 24mm…

Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro (First Impressions)

Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro (First Impressions)

The Sky-Watcher EQ8-R is an observatory-grade astrophotography mount with a massive 110-pound maximum payload capacity. It comes in two versions, the EQ8-R (the one I have), and the advanced Sky-Watcher EQ8-Rh model with encoders. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a very large package in the mail, the Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro….

The Rokinon 135mm F/2 was Built for Astrophotography

The Rokinon 135mm F/2 was Built for Astrophotography

In this post, I’ll explain why I think the Rokinon 135mm F/2 is the perfect addition to an arsenal of astrophotography lenses.  Deep-sky astrophotography is often associated with a camera and telescope, but the truth is there are a lot of great camera lenses for astrophotography out there. In the past, I’ve covered a number…

The Impressive Optolong L-eNhance Filter

The Impressive Optolong L-eNhance Filter

In this post, I’ll share my results using the Optolong L-eNhance filter for deep sky astrophotography in the city. The L-eNhance is a dual band pass filter that ignores artificial light, yet collects a strong signal emitted by certain nebulae. This light pollution filter was designed for color cameras, whether it’s a DSLR (a modified…

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Review

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Review

The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro is a computerized equatorial telescope mount with GoTo capabilities. This equatorial (EQ) mount is capable of providing precise, accurate tracking of the night sky, and is suitable for long-exposure astrophotography.  The core specifications of this equatorial mount include having a built-in ST-4 autoguider port, a payload capacity of 44 pounds, and…

QHY PoleMaster Review

QHY PoleMaster Review

The QHY PoleMaster electronic polar scope was designed to make your polar alignment routine easier, and more precise. No matter which camera tracker or equatorial telescope mount you’re using, when it comes to astrophotography, accurate polar alignment is critical. If you have ever struggled to polar align your telescope mount with the north or south…

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a portable EQ mount that offers a reliable solution for astrophotography on the go. The SkyGuider Pro makes shooting long exposure nightscapes without star-trailing possible. On a stationary tripod mount, star trailing begins to show in exposures longer than 25 seconds. Depending on your camera’s focal length, the stars could…

Astrophotography Telescope Buying Guide – Under $2000

Astrophotography Telescope Buying Guide – Under $2000

Astrophotography Telescope Buying Guide Note: This post was created back in July 2015, I have since purchased a new astrophotography telescope, the Explore Scientific ED102 (The number 1 telescope on this list)! So you’re in the market for an astrophotography telescope, are you? There have never been so many affordable options for the amateur astrophotographer…