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  • Digital SLR Astrophotography

    Digital SLR Astrophotography

    This tutorial covers the methods I use for astrophotography with my Canon XSi digital SLR and Celestron CGEM. It is similar to the tutorial I wrote in December of 2007 for digital SLR astrophotography with my Canon 300D. With the exception of the Orion ED80 refractor, I am using all new equipment. I am also using different software for processing the RAW images into a detailed composite photo. Note that Read More
  • Astrophotography on a Budget by Martin Cohen

    Astrophotography on a Budget by Martin Cohen

    Many years ago, before digital photography revolutionized the medium, taking a beautiful shot of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), or even a detailed image of the moon, showing its many craters, rilles and mountains would only be possible if you had a large wallet and access to highly specialized equipment and techniques. For the average amateur astronomer it was entirely out of reach. With high-end telescopes now being mass produced, new Read More
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Roll-Off Observatory Plans

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iOptron ZEQ25GT Review

After reading a few good reviews for the iOptron ZEQ25GT, I decided it would be an ideal mount to use for astrophotography. It was reported to be lightweight but with a decent payload, accurate, and quick to polar align. My plan was to use the ZEQ25GT with my Orion Eon 80mm refactor for deep space imaging and 9.25" Celestron SCT for the planets. This review covers my initial impressions of iOptron's unique Z-designed equatorial mount.
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Five Tips for Enhanced Webcam Astrophotography

So you know the basics of imaging the planets with an astrophotography webcam. You have mastered the process of capturing the AVI, running it through Registax, and cleaning it up in Photoshop. But how do you tease out that extra bit of detail that separates your photos from all the rest
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