• Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 2 - Focal Ratio Effects

    Part 2 of our Astrphotography, Pixel by Pixel blog series. Here we cover the effects of focal ratio on your imaging system.

  • Astrophotography, Pixel-by-Pixel: Part 1 - Well Depth, Pixel Size, and Quantum Efficiency

    Part 1 of a series of posts looking at aspects of astrophotography down on a single-pixel level. Here we cover the basic operation of a pixel, well-depth, pixel size, and quantum efficiency.

  • Imaging the Solar Eclipse

    We discuss gear, settings, and methods for how to photograph the upcoming Great American Eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

  • Viewing the Solar Eclipse

    We cover many techniques and gear so you can view and enjoy the upcoming August 21st Great American Eclipse.

  • Testing the QSI 6120

    I've been imaging with the QSI 6120 for almost 2 years now. Matt and I purchased one to use as a demo for our Seattle store, so I get to take it out in the field with customers quite often. This has been a fantastically functioning camera, and some technical results and thoughts gathered over the 2 years of use are covered here.

  • Rule of 500: How long before you see star trails in an untracked shot?

    The Rule of 500 was invented to help astrophotographers determine how long an exposure can be before stars appear trailed in the shot. This was es...
  • How many stops between two f/ratios?

    Faster is better! Ever wonder how much quicker you'll be able to able to image with a reducer? Considering a faster scope? Try our handy-dandy calc...
  • Product Review: The QHY PoleMaster

    I love astrophotography. It is one of my favorite parts of this hobby. Despite the long hours of imaging and processing time, I find it cathartic and relaxing. There is an element, however, of astrophotography that I absolutely don’t like…polar aligning.

  • Astronomy Classes Now Available

    We are pleased to announce that Cloud Break Optics will now be hosting classes!  Whether you are new to astronomy or a seasoned veteran, our series of classes will provide you with the information and tools you need to become a better astronomer.

  • Telescopes in Seattle…Really?


    Washington is a wonderful place to observe the night sky.  The temperatures are comfortable (mostly) and, especially in Western Washington, the seeing can be excellent.  Don’t let rumors about Seattle’s rain ruin your chance to enjoy the night sky.  Grab your telescope and find a nice, dark place to set it up.  Chances are the weather will be pretty darn good, too.


  • Connecting to the Community

    Hey everybody! Just wanted to say thank you for the amazing support during our first three weeks of business. We’ve always hoped that Seattle astro...