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  • Product Review: Starizona APEX Reducer

    We got our hands on the new APEX reducer from Starizona. This is designed for use with the Sky-Watcher Esprit line of telescopes, but is compatible with a wide range of APO refractors. Take a look at the results and what we think of this high quality and aggressive 0.65x reducer!

  • My Summer Learning AP with Cloud Break Optics

     

     

     

    This past Summer, Caden Gobat interned with Cloud Break Optics. Take a look at his experience while here, as he learned Astrophotography from the ground up.

  • Configuring and Connecting the QHY600

    With the release of the new QHY600, there have been a couple of interesting connectivity and setup things we’ve come across we wanted to share here for customer reference.  We offer step-by-step set up instructions for the 64-bit capture software, N.I.N.A..

  • Why use a cooled camera?

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

  • Product Review: Takahashi Epsilon-130D

    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.

  • Calculating Back Focus/Metal Back Distance

    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!

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

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

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

    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.

  • Product Review - The QHY 183C

    A review of the QHY 183C dedicated astrophotography camera.

  • Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 5 - One Shot Color, Monochrome Sensors, and Filters

    Part 5 of the blog series Astrophotography Pixel by Pixel. In this episode, we take a look at some characteristics of light that gives rise to color, and also the inner workings of one-shot-color and monochromatic cameras with their associated filters.

  • Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 4 - ADUs and You

    Part 4 of the blog series Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel. In this installment, we cover what happens when your pixels are actually measured and the ADC unit, as well as revisit the effects of Gain and ISO settings in relation to the ADC.

  • Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 3 - Gain/ISO and Offset

    Part 3 of a series of posts looking at Astrophotography down on a single-pixel level. Here we discuss the effects of Gain/ISO and Offset settings on your camera.