Orion Starshoot Autoguider Review

After using my StarShoot autoguiding system for the first time, I realized that it was one of the best investments that I have ever made in astrophotography equipment. It was nice to produce a series of frames that didn’t have to be sorted through for the very few that were suitable for stacking and processing. Each frame was nearly identical to the next and they all contained nice round stars. Contrast this with my early days of unguided astrophotography where it was a challenge to get enough exposure time on an object and turn out enough frames for processing into a good quality composite image. 

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CGEM Review Part 4- Astrophotography

After getting the necessary equipment together and waiting for a clear night,  I finally got to try out astrophotography with my CGEM! I spent a lot of time yesterday getting my observatory prepared with some last minute touches. Soon after sundown, I was performing a polar alignment in preparation for imaging M42, the Orion Nebula. This would be my first target with the CGEM, Canon XSi, ED80, and autoguider.

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CGEM Astrophotography- The Next Phase

The next phase for me with my Celestron CGEM is to begin using it for astrophotography. I have done some webcam imaging of Jupiter with marginal results (not due to the CGEM, but other factors such as seeing conditions), but much of my interest is in imaging deep space objects such as nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. To start with, I will perform DSLR astrophotography with the Orion ED80.

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