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The Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode25 - Widefield Astrophotography

Want to have some fun with equipment you might have sitting around? Widefield DSLR astrophotography is all the rage!! So many possibilities and its really fun. Trevor and Steve talk about there experiences with this fun area of astrophotography and how to get started or add to your current setup


The Astrobackyard Podcast Episode 24 - Astronomy imaging cameras

It's been a LONG time!!! Too long some may say.....Sorry for the long break, but the weather has been great. Astrophotography requires a camera....that is the critical hardware part for the hobby. We talk about some of our favorites!


The Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 23 - Warm weather and a black hole

ITs been a while, but we are still here. The weather has been gret and lots of time has been sent at the eyepeice, or in most cases the the guide graph.... A coupe of new items that Trevor has been playing with! Take a listen!


The Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 22 - NEAF wrap up and Pre-Summer Objects

We are back! After a brief break and a visit to NEAF we came back to give you the rundown of the show, and to talk about some interesting targets. With Spring in full fores, and summer only a month away, it is time to dust off the equipment and take it for a spin!!


The Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 21 - Mono Cameras

Well it has finally happened. Trevor is using a mono camera! Take a listen and see what he thinks about the transition form one shot colour to mono and narrow band imaging. There is a huge difference and lots of great advantages on making the switch to Mono imaging!


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 20 - Planetary Imaging

Planetary imaging season is among us! Yes you ready that right. After 19 episodes of Deep Sky Imaging....WOW....we are on episode 20.....we decided to do a talk on planetary imaging. Planetary imaging can be just as challenging and rewarding as DSO imaging! So much to learn, but you can image with a full moon and low cost cameras! Listen to find out more and hopefully be inspired to give it a shot.


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 19 - Spring time Objects

This is a long one! With Spring just around the corner (Thank goodness) its not only a change in season, but also a whole new set of targets are presented. It is Galaxy Season! The list is SO long of what comes into view this month, and in the the rest of spring. Galaxies, Open Clusters, Closed Clusters, Nebula, so much to choose from. I'm sure you will hear our excitement on this one....what are great time to take images!


The Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 18 - Barlows, Reducers, and other correcters

A great way to increase your telescopes focal length is with an accessory called a barlow, or extender. you can also decrease the focal length of your telescope with a reducer. There are several different names and accessories to let you frame up your object........we go over some of them in this episode of The Astrobackyard Podcast!


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 16 - Cable Management

With all of the available accessories that you can put on your camera that require a USB cable or a power cable, or both, it can very easily become a bit of a mess. There are several great products on the market that help with this. WE talk about them on this episode as it was a topic that was in demand. We like to give our audience what they here you go!


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 15 - Year In Review

WOW!! 15 Episodes so far. What are great way to end 2017. It has been an exciting year for both myself and Trevor. This time I interview Trevor about 2017, and what his plans are for 2018. It gets a little weird.....but its really quick.... Thanks for listening and please tell your friends to check us out and subscribe. Post your images on our Facebook page and let us know your comments. -Steve P.S. I'm working on my audio.....I promise


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 14 - Automating your focuser

If you are a serious imager you might already have one. If you want to step up your game, you may want to consider one. If you want to have total control you will need one. I'm talking about a motorized focuser. You can do a complete swap out, or an upgrade of you current focuser with a stepper motor. Listen to some advantages and keep an eye out for Trevor's YouTube review of his recent upgrade!


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 13 - Sharpcap imaging software

What a great interview!! In this episode we interviewed Robin Glover. Robin is the author of Sharpcap software. Robin explains the beginning of Sharpcap and the reason why he wrote it. We go into some of the advanced features. Focusing with Sharpcap and the different options available, native camera support, The Polar Alignment routine, and what lies ahead with the software. Once you listen to this podcast you will either want to start using it, or you will try out something new if you are...


Astrobackyard Podcast Episode 12 - Small Telescopes!

Small telescopes are really hot right now! They are easy to move around, do not require a big expensive mount system, can provide great widefield views, and can help product some great images. Trevor and Steve talk about there favorite small scopes from past to present.


Astrobackyard Podcast Episode 11 - Dew Control

The scurge of every imager!! No not an unfocused image......DEW!! Having a solid dew control solution is vital when you are imaging. As the night goes on change in temperature will create dew to form on your telescope. There are several great solutions, and we talk about some of them in this podcast.


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 10 - An interview with Explore Scientific - Part 2

Continuation of our interview with Explore Scientific. Greg Talks about the new line of mounts, and Scott gives us his super secret formula for cleaning coated optics.


Astrobackyard Podcast - Episode 9 - Polar alignment

The key to a great image is a good polar alignment. There are several tools available out there that make polar alignment a snap. you might already have them and are not aware! Trevor and Steve discuss the various methods. Find the method and App which works well for you


The iOptron CEM60 and a Big Announcement

So.....Trevor has a new mount to play with. The iOptron CEM60 !! Along with the new mount Trevor has decided to finally try computer control and automate his imaging sessions. This is important considering the cold weather is coming. That's not all !! Something BIG is happening at Ontario Telescope and Accessories as well! Listen to find out more.


AstroBackyard Podcast EP 07 - DSLR vs CMOS astronomy camera's

Trying to decide on which camera is right for you? Trevor talks about his experiences with a DSLR, a Cooled camera, and a Hypercam 183C camera. Steve just listens in and brags about his new project.... Send us your feedback at


AstroBackyard Podcast EP6 Autoguiding with PHD

Are you struggling with your auto guiding setup or want to know what you need to do to get going with it? Trevor and Steve talk about PHD auto guiding software, and how adjust the settings required.


Astrobackyard Podcast EP5 - Image processing workflow

So now you have captured your target what? Trevor goes over the steps of processing, and Steve tries to sound like he knows what he is doing. find out about the software to get yourself going, and where to get the tools you need to produce excellent astrophotography images.