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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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Interview with Jay GaBany- Blackbird Observatory

If you spend enough time researching astrophotography, chances are you will encounter the work of Jay GaBany of Blackbird Observatory in New Mexico. Jay is an accomplished astrophotographer with many of his works appearing on popular space-related websites such as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). His images have been featured in numerous magazine articles and books

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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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