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    Posted May 10, 2014 by
    ocala, Florida
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    Your views of space and stars

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    Astrophotography from my backyard


    I started astrophotography in 2010 when I bought my first telescope and attached a Nikon camera to it. I spent many nights using a remote controller to open the shutter and to hold it open long enough to collect enough light. This ancient light I collected were photons that had left galaxies before man walked the earth. I soon upgraded my equipment as I learned more about processing and I found demands with my equipment were not meeting the task. The telescope and mount must be able to “follow” the distant target as the earth rotates through the night. I also found that I needed a camera with greater sensitivity as many of these deep sky targets are so dim that the human eye has a difficult time registering it.
    I’d like to share images I have taken over the past year using equipment that cost as much as one would spend on an ATV or fishing boat. I hope you all enjoy.

    -Steve Coates


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