Videos uploaded by user “AstroBackyard”
How to take Flat Frames for Astrophotography
Once you learn how to take flat frames, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Each one of my astrophotography images uses calibration frames such as darks, flats and bias. The "Flats" are used to correct vignetting and uneven field illumination in your astrophotgraphy images. This takes place during the stacking process in DeepSkyStacker. Light Box for Flat Frames at Night: http://amzn.to/2y8Fsh0 Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/how-to-take-flat-frames/ Subscribe to My Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bH-idz I hope that you have found this astrophotography tutorial useful!
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How to Polar Align Your Telescope Mount - EQ Polar Alignment
Polar Alignment Step-by-step: https://astrobackyard.com/polar-alignment/ Polar alignment is an essential part of your telescope set up process. In this video I show you how to polar align a german equatorial telescope mount (EQ) in the Northern Hemisphere. The mount I am using for my demonstration is a Sky-watcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan. To properly align your telescope, it is important to know your latitude coordinates on Earth so you can make the appropriate adjustments to your tracking EQ mount. Full Post with Instructions: http://astrobackyard.com/polar-alignment/ Latitude/Longitude Finder: https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/latitudelongitude-finder/ The techniques and tips I share in this video are what I use to capture DSLR astrophotography images from my backyard. For more information please visit: http://astrobackyard.com/
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Deep Sky Astrophotography with a Camera Lens (300mm)
Recommended Light Pollution Filter (L-Pro) ➡️ https://bit.ly/2RTeHIY Using a Canon EF 300mm F/4L for Astrophotography Over the years, a lot of people have asked me why they should invest in a new telescope when they already own a high-quality telephoto camera lens with a comparable focal length. After all, a prime lens like the Canon EF 300mm F/4L USM isn't cheap, and its got some seriously impressive optics. So, if you've already got a lens like this in your kit, you should definitely try using it for astrophotography before investing in a new telescope. The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is the perfect solution for those looking to get started in astrophotography with a DSLR camera and lens. It's a highly portable, non-nonsense astrophotography mount that allows you to start tracking the movement of the night sky for long exposure imaging. Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/canon-300mm-f4-astrophotography/ iOptron SkyGuider Pro: https://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1164&Affid=2 Music by Aljosha Konstanty: https://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/ #astrophotography
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The last shot.
The final photo taken from the AstroBackyard. In this video, I discuss our plans to move in early 2019. I also set up my camera and telescope to take one final astrophotography image from the backyard. Thank you to all of my subscribers! Your support and thoughtful comments are the reason I keep going. My Telescope: https://bit.ly/2EYu9wr My Camera: https://bit.ly/2VnoiWP Photograph the Night Sky: https://astrobackyard.com Happy New Year! Music by Aljosha Konstanty: https://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/
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Let's Photograph M106 (Galaxy) - Polar Alignment in SharpCap
In this astrophotography vlog I collect light on a Splendid Galaxy in Canes Venatici known as M106. Using the Polar Alignment feature in SharpCap Pro, I was able to acheive my best polar alignment for astrophotography yet. Step By Step Process: http://astrobackyard.com/polar-alignment-in-sharpcap/ This is a great method for anyone looking to improve the accuracy of their tracking telescope mount. The field of view produced by the Altair GPCAM2 and Starwave 50mm guide scope is a perfect pairing for this process. In the end, I was only able to capture about 2 hours worth of exposures on M106, but it was enough to reveal the beautiful structure of the galaxy. The camera used was a ZWO ASI071MC-Cool, through an Explore Scientific ED102 CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor. For more information, please visit: http://www.astrobackyard.com
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The reality of astrophotography... Astrophotography is not all wine and roses, sometimes EVERYTHING goes wrong. The key is to focus on the progress you HAVE made, even if it's only one small step forward. In this video, I use the Celestron CGX-L telescope mount for the first time on the Leo Triplet. I planned to use a monochrome astronomy camera, but issues with my computer quickly put an end to that idea. I had to think fast, and salvage what I could from a crystal clear night. #astrophotography Learn more about what I do: https://astrobackyard.com
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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review - Portable Astrophotography Mount
The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a compact and lightweight astrophotography mount. It is a convenient option for those looking to partake in some astro-imaging on the road. Full Review: https://goo.gl/6LjmDj My Portable Astrophotography Kit: https://goo.gl/gkjSV3 Over the weekend, I brought this portable tracking EQ mount with me to Long Point Provincial Park in Ontario. The conditions were perfect for capturing a long exposure photograph of the Milky Way. The final image is 20 x 30-second exposures using a Canon EOS 7D DLSR with an EF 17-40mm F/4L Camera lens. The images were stacked and processed in Adobe Photoshop. Total Exposure: 10 Minutes ISO: 6400 Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Camera: http://amzn.to/2t9fsxf Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L Lens: http://amzn.to/2t95xaM iOptron SkyGuider Pro: https://goo.gl/eCXTS1 Ball Head Mount (From CF Tripod): http://amzn.to/2t99g8r Steel Tripod (From Celestron CG-G Mount) Thank you to Ontario Telescope & Accessories for lending me the iOptron SkyGuider Pro Mount for Review! Thank you for coming along with me on another astrophotography adventure!
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The Celestron RASA 8 F/2 Has ARRIVED (Astrophotography)
The Celestron RASA 8 F/2 Review In this video, I take the 8" Celestron RASA for a test drive in the backyard. I photograph two deep sky objects in the video, but you'll have to watch it to find out which ones. Full Review: https://astrobackyard.com/celestron-rasa-8-review/ Order the RASA 8: https://bit.ly/2HJrUyy Celeston 8" RASA F/2 Specs: Optical Design: Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph Aperture: 203mm (8″) Focal Length: 400mm Focal Ratio: F/2 Central obstruction diameter: 93mm (46% of aperture diameter) #astrophotography #RASA8
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William Optics Zenithstar 61 Review [Astrophotography]
The William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a doublet apochromatic refractor telescope that excels in deep-sky DSLR astrophotography. This is NOT a paid endorsement! Full Review: https://astrobackyard.com/william-optics-zenithstar-61-review/ Where to Buy: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1364&Affid=2 The "Z61" is the most portable telescope ever made by William Optics, and quite possibly the most user-friendly astrophotography telescope I've ever used. In this review, I’ll tell you why I think the William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a top contender when it comes to affordable astrophotography telescopes. I’ll cover the features and specs of the scope, and share some examples of deep sky images taken using this refractor.
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ZWO ASIair Review (Goodbye Laptop!)
ZWO ASIair Review In this video, I use the ZWO ASIair for some deep sky astrophotography in the backyard. This WiFi camera control device allows me to autoguide, and run an imaging sequence using my tablet. Available at High Point Scientific 🌑 https://bit.ly/2E0r7GM AstroBackyard T-Shirts 🌓 https://teespring.com/stores/astrobackyard-store Full Review 🌕 https://astrobackyard.com/zwo-asiair-review/ Streamlining the deep sky astrophotography experience means spending less time setting up and connecting hardware, and more time collecting light on your target. Perhaps one of the greatest recent examples of the technological evolution of this hobby is the ZWO ASIair WiFi camera controller. It aims to provide the astrophotography world with a portable, full-featured, user-friendly experience in a standalone package. Here are my early impressions of the ambitiously mainstream ZWO ASIair. Music by Aljosha Konstanty: https://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/
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Astrophotography with a (cheap) camera lens
Using a camera lens for astrophotography makes a lot of sense when you want to shoot wide angle nightscapes. In this video, I use a Canon 50mm F/1.8 Lens to photograph the deep sky objects in the Orion Constellation. Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/budget-astrophotography-lens/ Shooting with an h-alpha camera filter helped me to ignore much of the light pollution from the city, and capture faint details of the nebulae in Orion. The camera tracked the movement of the sky using an iOptron SkyTracker Pro camera mount. In my resulting image, you can clearly see the Orion Nebula, the Horsehead Nebula, and Barnard's Loop! Canon 50mm F/1.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/2H1Osai iOptron SkyTracker Pro: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=892&Affid=2 Photo Details: 26 x 3 Minutes @ ISO 800 Canon 50mm Lens @ F/3.2 Music: AK & Mapps - The Proposal AK - Shallow Water AK & DIrect - Sleepless Nights Rameses B - Butterflies (AK Remix) Support AK: http://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/music
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What You Need For Deep Sky Astrophotography (Step-by-Step Walkthrough)
What You Need for Deep Sky Astrophotography? The Telescope from the Video (FLT 132) ➡️ https://bit.ly/2G6lmIy Step-By-Step Guide: https://astrobackyard.com/deep-sky-astrophotography-walkthrough/ In this video, I'll break down everything you need for deep sky astrophotography with a telescope. I'll cover each piece of gear, and explain how it can be used to capture beautiful deep-sky images of space from your backyard. Deep-sky astrophotography is a rewarding and fulfilling hobby, especially once you're able to achieve impressive results from your own home. This video aims to give beginners a better idea of what you need, and what you can expect to accomplish yourself. Equipment Used in this Video: Telescope Mount: https://bit.ly/2IMYhgS Primary Imaging Telescope: https://bit.ly/2NKmaUW Reducer/Flattener: https://bit.ly/2ugtiAC Autoguiding Package: https://bit.ly/2NdAAfh One-Shot-Color Camera: https://bit.ly/2INKl1W Duo-Narrowband Filter: https://bit.ly/2tPropx APT Camera Control Software: https://bit.ly/2mfZVtN Recommended Deep Sky Rig (On a Budget) Telescope Mount: https://bit.ly/2zwJVNg Primary Imaging Telescope: https://bit.ly/2JlbPeS Autoguiding Package: https://bit.ly/2s6KRlA DSLR Camera: https://amzn.to/2uqAHME Light Pollution Filter: https://bit.ly/2utrNxZ Intro Music: SelloRekT / LA DReams - Mystic Corner Blues https://soundcloud.com/sellorekt/mystic-corner-blues Ending Music: Aljosha Konstanty - New Age http://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/album/sleepless-in-berlin
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Astrophotography with a DSLR and Telescope (& My Results)
In this Astrophotography video, I'll show you how to use a DSLR and telescope to capture the Eagle Nebula! This deep-sky astrophotography setup uses a cheap camera, and a small telescope. This basic setup is affordable, yet capable of capturing amazing wide field images of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. Normally I focus on DSLR Astrophotography from the backyard, but over the weekend I decided to leave the light-pollution behind and travel to darker skies. In this video I discuss the importance of organizing your equipment and the preparation that goes into travel astrophography. I also share some tips for setting up your telescope mount and balancing your scope for a night of imaging. The night concludes with an Image of the Eagle Nebula. The images captured during this camping trip were combined with several nights worth of imaging from the backyard to create a final image with almost 6 hours worth of exposure time! I hope that this video has inspired you to pursue your own passion for photographing the night sky. View All Equipment: http://astrobackyard.com/astrophotography-equipment/ Telescope Mount: Sky-Watcher HEQ-5 Pro Telescope: Explore Scientific ED102 CF Autoguiding Telescope: Orion Mini 50mm Autoguiding Camera: Meade DSI Pro II Imaging Camera: Canon Xsi (Modified) Capturing Software Used: BackyardEOS for camera control PHD2 for Autguiding Image Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker Adobe Photoshop CC Music: Space Jelly - Voices Veorra - Gone metr - Fantasy Ship Wrek & Zookeepers - Ark Elder Scrolls Online Soundtrack
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I Drove 4 Hours to Photograph The Milky Way
On Father's Day Weekend I traveled to the 2018 Cherry Springs Star Party. On top of sharing great stories of astrophotography with new and old friends, I photographed the Milky Way with a DSLR camera. Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/photograph-the-milky-way/ Camera Gear Used for Milky Way Photo: Canon Rebel T3i: https://amzn.to/2thpqij Rokinon 14mm F/2.8: https://amzn.to/2tc0Cb6 iOptron SkyTracker Pro: https://amzn.to/2tmmS1y The photo was 51 x 2-minute exposures at ISO 1600. (1 Hour, 41 minutes total integration) My photo of the Trifid Nebula will be shared on AstroBackyard.com soon! https://astrobackyard.com Music: HOME - Flood AK - Standing Together Emil Rottmayer - W.A.V.E. Syntax (feat HOME) Stratus The Encounter - Sunset Beach Efence - Spaceflight
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DSLR Astrophotography: 8 Targets for Galaxy Season
In this DSLR astrophotography video I'll give you 8 deep-sky targets to photograph during "Galaxy Season". This magical time of year from March to May offers up some incredible galaxies to capture using your DSLR and telescope. The deep-sky astrophotography images in this video were taken using a Canon 450D attached to an 80mm Explore Scientific ED80 refractor telescope. View the rest of the equipment I use at http://astrobackyard.com Here are my 8 deep-sky targets for Galaxy Season: 1. The Leo Triplet 2. Bodes Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy 3. The Pinwheel Galaxy 4. The Whale Galaxy 5 The Whirlpool Galaxy 6. The Needle Galaxy 7. The Black Eye Galaxy 8. The Sombrero Galaxy Star map footage courtesy of Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/en_CA/ Music: Bound Original Soundtrack: http://amzn.to/2lNOH1u
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Let's Photograph the Planet MARS (& Pleiades)
Let's Photograph the Planet Mars with Pleiades On April 1, 2019 the Planet Mars sat right next to the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. This was an excellent photo opportunity as both objects fit within the 105mm focal length of my DSLR camera. How to Photograph Planets (with any camera!): https://astrobackyard.com/how-to-photograph-planets/ iOptron SkyTracker Pro: https://astrobackyard.com/ioptron-skytracker-pro-review/ Clear skies! #Mars
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My New Astrophotography Mount - iOptron CEM60 First Look
The CEM60 is a sought-after astrophotography mount due to it's hefty payload capacity, relative light weight, and advanced features. FULL POST: https://astrobackyard.com/astrophotography-mount/ Where to Buy: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=181&Affid=2 The iOptron CEM60 is a center-balanced equatorial mount (CEM), that puts the weight of the payload at the center of gracity for greater natural stability. In this video I take a first look at the iOptron CEM60 in the backyard. I'll show you how the magnetically loaded gear system makes your astrophotography gear feel light and secure at the same time. I'll be running the CEM60 with the iOptron ASCOM driver and Commander to control the mount from my PC. To control this mount from inside the house, I can either run a long (active) USB cable outside, or continue to contol a separate outdoor PC using Team Viewer. Either way, I can now slew to new targets without the use of a hand controller! (About time, right!?)
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QHY PoleMaster Review (Precise Polar Alignment)
QHY PoleMaster Electronic Polar Scope Review The QHY PoleMaster was designed for one thing, to make your polar alignment routine easier. QHY PoleMaster: https://bit.ly/2Y4ZqnQ PoleMaster Adapter for EQ6-R/CGEM Mount: https://bit.ly/2TkOQ8D No matter which camera tracker or telescope mount you’re using, when it comes to astrophotography, accurate and precise polar alignment is critical. Full Review: https://astrobackyard.com/qhy-polemaster-review/ #astrophotography
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I Never Expected This
In this episode I travel to NEAF (Northeast Astronomy Forum). It's the biggest astronomy and space expo in the world, and my very first time attending. I must admit, this trip was all about astrophotography. Please join me for an inside view of NEAF 2018, and some of the worlds most incredible astronomy equipment all under one roof. More Information about NEAF: http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.html Some of the vendors included: • iOptron • Explore Scientific • William Optics • Sky-Watcher • ZWO • William Optics • Sky and Telescope • Astro Physics • Meade • Celestron • Software Bisque • O'Telescope • Stellarvue • Teleview • STC Optical • Astronomy Now Magazine • Space.com • QHY • Losmandy • Atik and many many more Stay tuned for day 2! Music by Aljosha Konstannty: http://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/ Learn More About Astrophotography at: https://astrobackyard.com
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I'm seeing RED (DSLR Astrophotography)
DSLR Astrophotography In this video I capture the Rosette Nebula using a William Optics RedCat 51 telescope and a DSLR camera. Here is the equipment used in the video: iOptron SkyGuider Pro: https://bit.ly/2Xc1SZh William Optics RedCat 51: https://bit.ly/2Iy9XnI Optolong 7nm Ha Filter (2"): https://bit.ly/2SfbbUG Canon EOS Rebel T3i (Modified): https://amzn.to/2SYIwrv Here are the details of my photo: Total Exposure: 2 Hours, 12 Minutes Sub Exposures: 33 x 4-minutes @ ISO 1600 Image Processing: DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop More information about the RedCat 51: https://astrobackyard.com/william-optics-redcat-51/ MERCH 👕 https://teespring.com/stores/astrobackyard-store #astrophotography
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5 Ways to Improve your DSLR Astrophotography
Here are 5 DSLR astrophotography tips. Perhaps you employ 4 of these rules already - my hope is that one of these points stands out and helps make you a better astrophotographer. I enjoy sharing everything I have learned about astrophotography over last 5 years, with hopes of providing guidance to beginner to intermediate imagers. 1. Accurate Polar Alignment 2. Balance Your Telescope 3. Shoot Min. 2-3 Hours Worth of Exposures 4. Take Dark, Bias and Flat Frames 5. Don't Over-Process Your Images! Full Post: http://astrobackyard.com/5-ways-improve-astrophotography/ The Astrophotography Equipment I currently use: Telescope: Explore Scientific ED102 CF Mount: SkyWatcher HEQ5 Pro SynScan Imaging Camera: Canon Rebel Xsi (450D) Autoguiding Camera: Meade DSI Pro II Autoguiding Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Backyard EOS for camera control Deep Sky Stacker for Stacking and Registering Adobe Photoshop CC for Processing Learn More at: http://www.astrobackyard.com Follow Me on Twitter: @astrobackyard Follow Me on Facebook: facebook.com/astrobackyard Thank you to the over 700 Subscribers to this Channel! WOW!
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My Light Pollution Filters for Astrophotography
Choosing the best light pollution for astrophotography will depend on your individual imaging conditions. I have had success using a number of broadband LPS filters to reduce the intense glow of my backyard sky. WAY more info► https://astrobackyard.com/filters-for-astrophotography/ The astrophotography filters featured in this video are the DSLR clip-in models that install into the camera body, and 2" round mounted filters that thread intro your camera adapter or field flattener. I also use narrowband filters to capture specific wavelengths of light, and combine the data to overcome my bright skies. I have used my Canon DSLR with a number of brands including the IDAS LPS-P2, and Astronomik CLS filters. Here is a list of the astrophotography filters I have used for deep-sky imaging through a telescope or camera lens: Broadband LP 2" Round Mounted Baader UHC-S Baader Moon & Skyglow Explore Scientific UHC Broadband LP DSLR Clip-in IDAS LPS P2 Astronomik UHC SkyTech CLS SkyTech CLS-CCD SkyTech L-Pro Max Narrowband 2" Round Mounted Astronomik 12nm Ha Astronimik 12nm OIII Astronomik 12nm SII Narrowband DSLR Clip-in Astronomik 12nm Ha
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Astrophotography: Let's Photograph Markarian's Chain
In this astrophotography vlog I capture Markarian's Chain in the Virgo Cluster. This is an interesting string of 7 distinct galaxies, with many more smaller galaxies in the surrounding area. I use my wide-field refractor telescope to frame the entire strand of galaxies into a single field of view. This is a fantastic deep-sky astrophotography target for small refractor owners. Full Post & Photo Details: http://astrobackyard.com/markarians-chain/ My complete Astrophotography Equipment Setup: Mount: Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro Telescope: Explore Scientific ED102 CF Camera: ASI071MC-Cool (Color) Flattener/Reducer: William Optics 0.8X Guide Scope: Starwave 50mm Guide Camera: Altair Astro GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono Kendrik Dew Heater Please visit my official partner's website to order any of the equipment seen in this video: www.ontariotelescope.com Thank you for joining me for another astrophotography adventure in the AstroBackyard!
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Astrophotography Gear UPDATE | Ready to Rock!
Astrophotography Gear Update 2019 In this video, I share my latest astrophotography equipment setup for deep sky imaging in the backyard. This rig is portable and powerful, featuring an electronic filter wheel and LRGB filters with a monochrome astronomy camera. • Telescope Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro • Primary Imaging Telescope: Explore Scientific ED 102 CF • Primary Imaging Camera: Meade DSI IV (Mono) • Reducer/Flattener: Starfield 0.8X Flattener/Reducer • Guide Scope: Starfield 50mm Guide Scope • Guide Camera: Altair Astro GPCAM2 Mono • Filter Wheel: Xagyl 5-Position EFW • Filters: Optolong LRGB Filter Set (2″), Optolong L-Pro • Motorized Focuser: Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit and DFMC • Accessories: Pegasus Astro Pocket Power Box, Dew Heaters Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/astrophotography-gear-update #astrophotography
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Astrophotography with a DSLR Camera and Telescope
Astrophotography with a DSLR camera and telescope In this video, I use the William Optics Zenithstar 73 APO to photograph two nebulae in the night sky with my Canon camera. William Optics Zenithstar 73 Review: https://astrobackyard.com/william-optics-zenithstar-73-apo/ Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/dslr-camera-and-telescope/ Astrophotography Email Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bH-idz I've attached my DSLR camera (Canon EOS Rebel T3i) to the telescope with a 12nm Ha (narrowband) clip-in filter.
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The Celestron CGX-L Telescope Mount If you are new to astrophotography and computerized telescope mounts, a GoTo equatorial mount like the Celestron CGX-L allows you to choose an object from the hand controller database, and the mount will slew to your desired target. This includes Solar system objects such as planets and the moon, named stars, and deep sky objects. The NexStar hand control screen on this mount will also display useful information about the selected object such as magnitude, constellation and extended information about the most popular objects. Needless to say, whether you’re using a telescope for visual use or for astrophotography, a GoTo telescope mount will spoil you. Where to Buy: The Celestron CGX-L: https://bit.ly/2CMxwDn Full Post on AstroBackyard: https://astrobackyard.com/celestron-cgx-l/
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CCD Astrophotography - New ZWO ASI071MC-COOL (Color)
In this astrophotography video I try out the new ZWO ASI071 MC-COOL Camera. This is my first venture into astrophotgraphy using a CCD-style camera. The ASI071 is a one shot color (OSC) astronomy camera that uses a 16MP CMOS Sensor. I try out Sequence Generator Pro (SGP) for the first time and begin learning how to use the new software required to run this camera. My deep-sky imaging target for the night are the M81 and M82 galaxies in Ursa Major. These two galaxies fit within the same field of view my many wide-field astrophotography telescope configurations. Learn more about my astrophotography at: http://astrobackyard.com The camera in this video is on loan from: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/
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iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount Review
The iOptron SkyTracker Pro camera mount is a portable solution for astrophotography on the go. Because the SkyTracker is so small, it's an excellent choice when travelling to a dark sky location. Where to Buy: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=892&Affid=2 Full Review: https://astrobackyard.com/ioptron-skytracker-pro-review/ Night sky photographers using a DSLR camera and a wide-angle lens will benefit most from this mount. In this review, I’ll share some example images using the SkyTracker in the backyard, and from a dark sky site. This camera mount was sent to me from Ontario Telescope & Accessories for Review: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/ Music: AK - Icicle https://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty Vexaic - Afar, We Stand https://soundcloud.com/vexaic
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I have some EXCITING news
In this video I share the latest astrophotography telescope I will be reviewing later this month and in early 2018. The William Optics FLT132 is a triplet apochromatic refractor designed for high-quality deep-sky astrophotography. I will be mounting the massive Flouro Star to the iOptron CEM60 in the coming months. Thank you all for coming along on this journey with me!
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DSLR Astrophotography Equipment for Deep-Sky Imaging - My Complete Setup
In this video I review each piece of my astrophotography equipment to show you what you need for deep-sky DSLR imaging. If you are interested in night sky photography, a tracking mount is needed for long exposures with your DSLR camera lens, or through a telescope. I hope that this beginners guide gives you a better understanding of this hobby, and an idea of the costs involved. My Astrophotography Equipment: Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 - http://amzn.to/2gJLkm5 Flattener/Reducer: William Optics Field Flat III Mount: Sky-Watcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm - http://amzn.to/2gPIRcH Guide Camera: Meade DSI Pro II CCD Imaging Camera: Canon Rebel Xsi (modified) Camera Connection: T-Ring for Canon EOS: http://amzn.to/2fQ7beM Camera Adapter: 2" Prime Focus Adapter: http://amzn.to/2fUiw8O Autoguider Adapter: Shoestring Astronomy GPUSB Battery Pack: Motomaster Eliminator Dew Heater: Dew Buster Controller, Kendrick Strap For more information and my latest astrophotography images, please visit: http://astrobackyard.com/
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Astrophotography Tutorial: How to Remove Gradients in Photoshop
In this astrophotography image processing tutorial, I'll show you a quick and easy way to remove gradients in your deep-sky image using Adobe Photoshop. Follow the Step-by-Step Tutorial: http://astrobackyard.com/remove-gradients-photoshop/ This method uses the "Dust and Scratches" filter in Photoshop to create a synthetic flat frame that we can then subtract from our original image. In the example, I smooth out the background sky in my image of the Leo Triplet of Galaxies. This method works best on astrophotos where 50% or more of the neutral background sky is present.
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My Expectations Were Just Too High (Cone Nebula)
In this video I take a crack at the Cone Nebula using a One-Shot-Color Camera from my city backyard. ZWO ASI294MC-Pro Camera: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1308&AffId=2 Even after processing over 4 hours worth of data, my final image lacked the structure and detail I was hoping for. The image is noisy and blotchy. This is a common occurrence in the world of deep-sky astrophotography, as you have a vision of the final image in your head during the capture process. Adding narrowband images using a hydrogen-alpha filter with a Mono camera in the near future should help take this RGB image closer to the finish line. The camera used was a ZWO ASI294-MC Pro, through a Meade 70mm Quadruplet Astrograph Refractor. Meade 70mm Quadruplet Astrograph Review: https://astrobackyard.com/meade-70mm-quadruplet-apo-review/ CONE NEBULA DETAILS 4 hours 52 min (73 frames) 4 min each -15C Unity Gain Music: AK & Mapps - Home AK - Homebound Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty
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I finally started using a mono astrophotography camera
In this video I'll be using a new mono astrophotography camera and a duo-narrowband filter to capture the Cone Nebula. The Altair Hypercam 183M is a monochrome astronomy camera with a 20MP Sony sensor. So far, I am very impressed with the data this affordable un-cooled CMOS camera has produced. Altair Hypercam 183M: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1385&Affid=2 Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/mono-astrophotography-camera/ I will be sure to publish a full review of this astrophotography camera in the coming months, as I have more time with it under the stars. In the video, I also set up a second astrophotography rig to capture some wide field views of the Orion Nebula using my DSLR while I still can. The telescope used for the Orion shot is the Meade 70mm Quadruplet Astrograph, which I reviewed in late 2017: https://astrobackyard.com/meade-70mm-quadruplet-apo-review/ For more information about deep sky astrophotography including tips, tutorials, reviews and advice, please visit: https://astrobackyard.com Music by Aljosha Konstanty: https://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty
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Best. Weekend. Ever. (NEAF)
I met Dylan O'Donnell at NEAF! Full Recap: https://astrobackyard.com/neaf-2019/ NEAF 2019 (Northeast Astronomy Forum) was an incredible 2 day astronomy event in Suffern, New York. This year was extra special because I got to meet fellow "YouTuber" and host of Star Stuff, Dylan O'Donnell. Dylan is an ambassador for Celestron and has taken some incredible images from his backyard observatory in Byron Bay, Australia. Dylan's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgOf4wBnoGg8WHHHr_h4otQ #NEAF #teamastrophotography
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Let's Photograph the Dumbbell Nebula [Altair Hypercam 183C]
Altair Hypercam 183C Sample Photos, Settings and Tips: https://goo.gl/suCL2z In this video I get nostalgic about the dumbbell nebula. M27 was one of the very first deep sky astrophotography objects I captured many years ago with my DSLR and telescope. I test out the new Altair Hypercam 183C Color CMOS camera using SharpCap for camera control. This 20MP cooled camera touts features such as low thermal noise and an extremely sensitive sensor. With a 91% illuminated moon, and the temperature hovering around 30 degrees Celsius, the imaging conditions were far from ideal. Fortunately, I persevered and managed to produce a respectable image of the planetary nebula I hold so close to my heart. The final image uses 40 x 120" image subs, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. The data was then processed in Adobe Photoshop to increase contrast and balance colors. The Altair Hypercam 183C is available at: https://goo.gl/TsbPMB Thank you to my friends at Ontario Telescope & Accessories for this amazing opportunity, and the folks at Altair Astro and Sharpcap for all of their wonderful support. The full post on this experience will soon be live at http://astrobackyard.com
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Astrophotography Tutorial - Deep Sky Image Processing with Photoshop
Deep Sky Image Processing with DeepSKyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. In this Deep Sky Image Processing Tutorial, I go over the basics of organizing your raw images files, and stacking your light and dark frames in DeepSkyStacker. I then take the image into Adobe Photoshop for further processing and adjustments. DOWNLOAD THE ORIGINAL FILE: http://astrobackyard.com/tutorials/astrophotography-tutorial-1/ The Photoshop action set I use is called: Astronomy Tools Action Set, which can be downloaded here: http://www.prodigitalsoftware.com/Astronomy_Tools_For_Full_Version.html Telescope Used: Explore Scientific ED80 Mount Used: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro Camera Used: Canon Xsi (450D) stock For more tutorials and astrophotography tips please visit my blog: http://astrobackyard.com/
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I Added a Motorized Focuser to My Telescope
In this video I'll show you the latest upgrade to my astrophotography setup. I've installed a Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit to my ED 102 Refractor Telescope. This will allow me to focus the telescope without ever touching it! I can now control the focus from INSIDE the house when connected to my imaging laptop va Team Viewer. Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit Review: https://astrobackyard.com/pegasus-astro-stepper-motor/ The kit includes the Stepper Motor and the Dual Motor Focus Controller. I used the included software to adjust focus remotely during my imaging session. Pegasus Astro Stepper Motor Kit: http://bit.ly/2ENFJGC Music: AK - Euphoria Aoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty Skyrim Soundtrack: Kyne's Peace Awake Dawn The Streets of Whiterun
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Meade 70mm Quadruplet ED APO Astrograph Review
Astrophotography Telescope Review: Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO In this video, I take a look at a new apochromatic imaging refractor from Meade. Full Review: https://astrobackyard.com/meade-70mm-quadruplet-apo-review/ This telescope boasts a quadruplet lens system design that does not require a field-flattner for astrophotography. Smaller equatorial telescope mounts such as the Celestron Advanced VX will have no problem tracking your astrophotos with the Meade Quadruplet on top. The Meade 70mm f/5 Quadruplet ED is proof that you do not need a large, heavy telescope to produce incredible astrophotos. Stay tuned to the end of the video for example images taken using a DSLR camera from my backyard. Available Online: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1281&Affid=2 Music: AK - It Takes Time Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty
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Astrophotography from COSTA RICA (Carina Nebula)
I’ve just returned from a vacation to Costa Rica with the goal of capturing some astrophotography images from the resort. I decided to capture the beautiful Carina Nebula with my DSLR camera, as it is so large and bright. Being so close to the equator, the night sky featured many new southern sky deep sky targets I had never seen before. Complete Info: https://astrobackyard.com/astrophotography-costa-rica/ #astrophotography #honeymoon
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Let's Photograph M81 & M82 with the ASI071MC-COOL
Im back for another night of Astrophotography with the ASI071 Camera from the backyard. This time, I use the cooling function of the ZWO ASI071MC-Cool (Color) to cool the camera to -30 degrees C while imaging! The deep-sky target for the night is M81 and M82, a beautiful pair of galaxies in the constellation Ursa Major. This is a great target for your astrophotography setup whether you are using a DSLR or a cooled CCD style camera like the ASI071. I learn a little bit more about using Sequence Generator Pro for image aquisition and automation. At the end of the video, I share a better example the image quality the ASI071 can produce! Learn More About the ASI071: http://astrobackyard.com/ccd-vs-dslr/
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DSLR Astrophotography - Let's Photograph the Horsehead Nebula
In this DSLR astrophotography video we take a look at some new equipment including a modified Canon T3i and H-Alpha Filter. This full spectrum modified Canon 600D was used to capture an image of the Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula in Orion. Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/horsehead-and-flame-nebula/ Sure enough, the clouds rolled in about mid-way through my imaging session. My Horsehead and Flame nebula image is a work in progress! Complete Astrophotography Equipment Details: Mount: SkyWatcher HEQ5 Pro Telescope: Explore Scientific ED102 CF Camera: Canon Rebel T3i (Modified) Flattener/Reducer: William Optics 0.8X Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm Guide Camera: Meade DSI Pro II Shoestring Astronomy GPUSB Kendrik Dew Heater Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker Processing in Adobe Photoshop CC For more details about the equipment I use to photograph the night sky, please visit: http://astrobackyard.com
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Astrophotography: Let's Photograph the Whale Galaxy
In this astrophotography video I use a new camera control software called Astro Photography Tool (APT) to photograph the Whale Galaxy. I set up my camera and telescope for a night of deep sky imaging under clear, moonless skies. Catalogued as NGC 4631, the Whale Galaxy is located in the constellation Canes Venatici and lies 25 Million Light Years Away. The Whale Galaxy is classified as a barred spiral galaxy, with a small companion galaxy (NGC 4627) close by. Using my Explore Scientifc ED102 and ZWO ASI071MC-COOL (Color) camera, I was able to capture over 5 hours worth of total exposure time on this galaxy. Full Post: http://astrobackyard.com/astro-photography-tool/ For Astrophotography Equipment, please visit my official partner: Ontario Telescope & Accessories: www.ontariotelescope.com Thank you for all of your continued support. Clear skies!
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I've been waiting to use this telescope again
Last week I set up the William Optics FLT 132 to photograph the Horsehead Nebula in Orion. I've been under the weather ever since! The Horsehead Nebula in RGB (With some added H-alpha POP!) The image consists of 40 x 3-minute exposures at ISO 800 using a modified Canon Rebel T3i (600D) through the William Optics FLT 132 Telescope. Existing H-Alpha Data (shot through my ES ED102) was added to the red channel, and as a luminance layer in Photoshop to really make the hydrogen gas in this object pop) DSLR Modifications by Hap Griffin: http://www.imaginginfinity.com/dslrmods.html You can learn how to combine Ha images into your broadband images using my Photoshop Tutorial: https://astrobackyard.com/tutorials/hargb-astrophotography-tutorial/ Music: AK - I Can't Sleep Anymore, Life After Death Support AK: http://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/ Skyrim Soundtrack
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Going DEEP with a Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope
In this video, I use a new Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, the iOptron Photron RC6. I'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of using a telescope like this for astrophotography. Full Post: https://astrobackyard.com/ritchey-chretien-telescope/ My final image of the Pinwheel Galaxy should give you an idea of the image scale you can expect with a DSLR camera. This telescope is available at Ontario Telescope and Accesories: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1269&Affid=2 Music by Aljosha Konstanty: http://music.aljoshakonstanty.com/
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ZWO ASI294 MC Pro REVIEW [Astrophotography Camera]
ZWO ASI294MC Pro Review (Color Camera for Astrophotography) The ZWO ASI294MC Pro is a one shot color astronomy camera for deep sky astrophotography. It houses a 10.7 MP CMOS sensor that called be cooled to -35 degrees below ambient temperature. Over the past 6 months, I have used this camera through a number of different telescopes and imaging locations. This is my ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera Review. ✅ Subscribe to My Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bH-idz ✅ Buy the ASI294MC Pro Online: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1308&Affid=2 ✅ Full ASI294MC Pro Review: https://astrobackyard.com/asi294mc-pro-review/ #AstroBackyard #Astrophotography #Cameras Music by Aljosha Konstanty https://soundcloud.com/aljoshakonstanty
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New Canon Astrophotography Filter (SkyTech CLS-CCD Review)
In this video I review a new astrophotography filter with my Canon T3i DSLR. The SkyTech CLS-CCD filter blocks out certain wavelengths of city light pollution. It also includes a UV/IR filter to prevent star-bloat. Where to Buy: http://www.ontariotelescope.com/product.asp?itemid=1203&Affid=2 In my experience, this filter works extremely well with a modified Canon DSLR for deep sky astrophotography. This is fantastic option for backyard deep-sky imagers dealing with light pollution. Full SkyTech Filter Review: http://astrobackyard.com/canon-astrophotography-filter/ The imaging target for the night is M17 - The Omega Nebula. This beautiful H II region in Sagittarius is a sping/summer favorite of mine. The final photo is 1 Hour and 18 Minutes of Total Integrated Exposure Time. (26 x 180 seconds). Stacking and Processing was done in Deep Sky Stacker and Adobe Photoshop. The Omega Nebula was captured on May 30th using the following equipment: Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro SynScan Mount Explore Scientific ED102 CF Telescope Altair Lightwave 0.8X Flattener/Reducer Altair Starwave 50mm Guide Scope Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono Guide Camera Canon Rebel T3i (600D) (Modified) SkyTech CLS-CCD Clip-in Filter for EOS DewBuster Dew Heater Controller Kendrik Dew Heater Straps
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William Optics RedCat 51 (Unboxing)
William Optics RedCat 51 Where to Buy: https://bit.ly/2NpzYVq This Petzval APO bridges the gap between a telescope and a prime telephoto lens. The innovative design and practical features make this telescope/lens one of the most exciting astrophotography products of 2019. In this unboxing video, I take a good look at the specs of the RedCat 51. Such as: Focal Length: 250mm F-Ratio: F/4.9 Lens Design: Petzval APO Weight: 3.2 pounds Mounting Style: Vixen, Arca-Swiss Lens Diameter: 51mm Focuser: Calibrated Helical I hope you enjoy the video. For even more information about the RedCat 51 please visit my full post on AstroBackyard: https://astrobackyard.com/william-optics-redcat-51/ #RedCat51
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Deep Sky Astrophotography on a Monday
My Astrophotography Gear: Starfield 50mm Autoguiding Package: https://bit.ly/2s6KRlA Explore Scientific ED140 APO Telescope: https://bit.ly/2J7Vv5a iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount: https://bit.ly/2IMYhgS Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter: https://amzn.to/2y6KFrW STC Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter: https://bit.ly/2HMrWRS ZWO ASI294MC-Pro: https://bit.ly/2INKl1W It's just another Monday night of deep sky astrophotgraphy in the backyard, or is it? In this video, I use a large APO refractor telescope and a cooled color camera to capture the glorious Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) in Cygnus. The final image includes 9.5 hours of data in narrowband Ha + OIII (Duo-Narrowband Filter) I also blended 2.5 hours of Broadband RGB data for more natural looking star colors. For astrophotography tips, tutorials, and reviews, visit https://astrobackyard.com
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Astrophotography Tutorial - Create a HaRGB Composite Image
In this astrophotography tutorial, I will show you how to create a HaRGB composite image in Adobe Photoshop. Since I started adding H-Alpha to my images, I've had a lot of questions about how to combine the Ha exposures with regular color, RGB photos. The narrowband H-Alpha exposures are captured using a clip-in filter for my Canon Rebel T3i. The RGB exposures are simply the regular colour images captured by the camera. We'll use the true color from the RGB photo, and the added detail and contrast from the H-Alpha photo. The complete details of this process are outlined here: http://astrobackyard.com/tutorials/hargb-astrophotography-tutorial/
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