Long Exposure Astrophotography [Get A Drive Motor]
Telescope & Mount: ModifiedOrion Astroview 6 Reflector with Astroview Mount Camera: Canon EOS XTi Guiding: None Location: Carrollton, VA Sky: Bortle Class 5 Acquisition & Calibration: - Filter: None and I'm looking into narrowband filters - ISO 1600 - 49 Light Frames @ 30 s - 35 Dark Frames @ 30 s - 20 Flat Frames - 30 Bias Frames - Total Integration Time: 24.5 minutes

Long Exposure Astrophotography [Get A Drive Motor]

Long exposure astrophotography without a GoTo Mount has been a fun challenge for me. Over the past few months, I've posted a few of my results on Reddit to some…

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Wide Field Astrophotography and First Light with My Orion ST-80 [Andromeda Galaxy]
Messier 31 Andromeda Galaxy Telescope & Mount: Orion ST-80 with Astroview Mount Camera: Canon EOS XTi Guiding: None Location: Carrollton, VA Sky: Bortle Class 5Acquisition & Calibration: - Filter: None - APT (Astrophotography Tool) - ISO 1600 - 40 Light Frames @ 120 s - 62 Dark Frames @ 120 s - 19 Flat Frames - 60 Bias Frames - Total Integration Time: 80 minutes

Wide Field Astrophotography and First Light with My Orion ST-80 [Andromeda Galaxy]

Because it's small and great for wide field astrophotography picked up an Orion ST-80 telescope. The ST stands for Short Tube. In case you're wondering, first light, simply means the…

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My Polar Alignment Methods [Telescope Setup]
Google Pixel Really Blue using the NOAA Magnetic Field Calculator to determine true north

My Polar Alignment Methods [Telescope Setup]

Messier 51 or M51 or Whirlpool Galaxy. Telescope: RRRT (Fan Mountain) Camera: SBIG STX-16803 Exposure: Red: 14 @ 2 min Blue: 14 @ 2 min Visible: 14 @ 2 min…

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Messier 51 On The RRRT [Whirlpool Galaxy]
Messier 51 or M51 or Whirlpool Galaxy. Telescope: RRRT (Fan Mountain) Camera: SBIG STX-16803 Exposure: Red: 14 @ 2 min Blue: 14 @ 2 min Visible: 14 @ 2 min Total - 84 minutes exposure

Messier 51 On The RRRT [Whirlpool Galaxy]

Remember my last article? You know the one about my experience at the Fan Mountain Observatory in April 2019. The outcome was to target Messier 51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy…

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Mars: The Red Planet on Display in Summer 2018 [Dust Storm]
Telescope: Meade EXT-125 Camera: Google Pixel Photographer: Kevin Francis

Mars: The Red Planet on Display in Summer 2018 [Dust Storm]

During the last star party at The Virginia Living Museum, I laid eyes on Mars for the first time this year.  It rose above the horizon to become the fitting…

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