Starlink and the Crescent Nebula

So I’m starting to image in earnest with my Celestron EdgeHD 8 which up to this point has mainly had visual observation duty. Still working out some kinks in the guiding set-up with the OAG (before it was worse with a guide scope). First up was a quick shot of the Crescent Moon that was […]

Lunar Sharpness Test #2

So with the Moon being the only thing I can image these days (these shot was during the late afternoon) as it seems to be cloudy every night… I decided to try a second sharpness lunar test. So, here is the scenario. Both Images were taken at the same time (give or take 5 minutes […]

Orion Constellation DSOs and Starlink Satellites

Orion is finally rising up to a point where I can start to image, however not an ideal position (as I’m shooting around a radio tower placement) and when I was looking at the images in Pixinsight Blink (helps me determine if a photo got haze or to much motion) I saw several streaks across […]

Starfest 2019

North York Astronomical Association holds an annual “Starfest” each August for Astronomers to enjoy an extended weekend of dark skies and networking with other enthusiasts. This was my first year attending after getting an invite from a member of Ottawa Astronomy Community. I set-up (the “small” scope on the right of the photo beside Eric […]

Equipment Upgrades Wish List

While I have a nice astronomy setup there is always room for improvements with the right amount of capital expenditures. People always ask me about the gear I have but never where I see my gear going, so this is more for my own benefit but also showing how this hobby is always about continued […]

Quick Recap: Nikon Z6 for Astrophotography

It’s summer hear (28-30°C) and heat and CMOS sensors don’t get along well for noise when you are imaging dark things, like the night sky. So this is the “worst case scenario” for using uncooled sensors. Normally I don’t Image because the noise makes my images unusable from my older cameras. The Z6 (and maybe […]

Andromeda 2.0

Quick post where I mixed several nights worth of imaging of our nearest galaxy, Andromeda. Imaging Equipment:– Nikon Z6– William Optics RedCat51– Losmandy GM8 (Modified)– Orion StarShoot Guide Camera This is a combination of 26 subs of 20sec at ISO8000 and 48 subs of 300secs at ISO800 (giving a combined integration time of 4.14 hours. […]

Nikon Z6 ISO Astro Test

So I did a quick test last night while trying to collect more data on Andromeda Galaxy. I continued most of the night with my standard 5 minutes (300seconds) at ISO800 for most of the imaging session then jumped up 20sec subs at ISO8000. The purpose of this was to see how much extra noise […]