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Jupiter: Through the Telescope

Jupiter
A 100% crop of Jupiter taken with a Canon Powershot A95 mounted on a Newtonian style telescope.

If you are thinking about buying a telescope, please manage your expectations. I have a 5″ Newtonian Reflector scope which I picked up used for about $150. The image quality you can expect is marginal at best. Notice the bands on Jupiter? They are barely present. The storm is not visible whatsoever at this magnification. If you expect to see detail much greater than this, you could probably spend a bit more on a Dobsonian if you don’t mind the weight.

If astrophotography is your goal, I would recommend a refractor mounted to a Canon 60Da SLR body. This combo will run upwards of $2000 but should provide the best results.

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Fall Photography: Using Lightroom to Create Surreal Autumn Landscapes

It’s that time of year, where the leaves change color and begin to fall – I guess that’s why the season Autumn is colloquially known as Fall. Here I attempt to create surreal landscape photos using Lightroom to process RAW files taken on my Canon EOS 60D. This process really only involves 3 steps. Continue reading Fall Photography: Using Lightroom to Create Surreal Autumn Landscapes