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 there are different ways of going about astrophotograpy with a digital SLR. In fact, there are probably better ways. This tutorial depicts the methods I used for capturing the example images below. I hope you find my new tutorial useful and please feel free to ask questions or add comments in the “Leave a Reply” section at the end of the tutorial.

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Night Skies Network

Here at AstroPhotography Tonight we are proud to provide helpful resources such as tutorials and equipment reviews to the astronomical community. Now we would like to feature a super cool website that is sure to become a bookmark favorite! The website is called Night Skies Network developed and operated by Jim Turner who lives just outside of Madison, North Carolina. His website is made up of a network of amateur astronomers who provide live views through their telescopes of the night sky.

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Horsehead and Flame Nebula

After a couple of attempts to acquire a decent image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebula, it finally happened in March of this year! My 2011 image represents a major milestone for me in astrophotography with a DSLR camera and telescope. Learning my new equipment (i.e., Celestron CGEM, XSi DSLR, and Orion Autoguider) and various software programs is really making a difference. My goal for this article is to point out the main factors that helped contribute to my success.

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