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!
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!
Most of have this thing called a "Job" that can get in the way of our astrophotography hobby. Make the most of you night with planning and setup. Or do what I do and do everything by headlamp...... - Steve
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 want....so here you go!
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
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!
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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 facebook.com/astrobackyardpodcast
So now you have captured your target data.....now 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.
Trevor and Steve discuss plate solving and focusing. Listen to the pro (that's Trevor by the way) on the easy way to focus your imaging rig manually. When you're all focused then next step is it align your mount perfectly.....and there is a really easy way without having to look through your finder scope.....seriously....you might even want to sell it!
Steve and Trevor talk about imaging targets in the fall sky. Targets for those that are just starting out and would like to see results, and then some hard ones too. tell us what you think at facebook.com/astrobackyardpodcast
Introduction Episode The Astrobackyard Podcast is a collaboration between Astrobackyard.com and Ontariotelescope.com. Each episode will discuss a different facet of astrophotography and astronomy. Learn about techniques, equipment, and hear interviews with industry experts and professionals.