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Why use a cooled camera?

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In this blog entry, we cover just why a regulated cooled camera is so beneficial for deep sky astrophotography.

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Product Review: Takahashi Epsilon-130D

Posted by Matt Dahl on

The quest for fast astrographs seems never-ending in astrophotography. Finding a fast astrograph with well-corrected optics and a large imaging circle that doesn’t break the bank is becoming increasingly difficult. Enter the Takahashi Epsilon. Well-priced, well-built, and blazingly fast, this little scope is an astrophotographer’s dream.

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Calculating Back Focus/Metal Back Distance

Posted by Jon Minnick and Rayna Bauer on

In this entry we discuss precisely what "Back Focus" or "Metal Back Distance" is within astrophotography. We have also created a useful calculator tool to be able to determine your back distance needs for your own system!

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Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 7 - How to get Flat Abs...I mean Frames

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In the final installment of this blog series, we cover vignetting, dust spots, and flat frame calibration.

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Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 6 - Dirty Buckets and Calibration Frames

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In this installment, we cover things that make it into our pixels that we don't want, and the calibration frames to mitigate their effects.

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