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Shooting for the Stars: Canon EF 75-300mm Zoom Lens

07/11/2016 // 11 Comments

  Fall in line, trooper! Are you going to cry? Or is that the stellar glimmer of hope shining within your squinting eye? Tuck in your shirt, stand up straight and grab your standard issue Canon EF 75-300mm zoom lens! I’ll see you on the training grounds.   Canon’s EF 75-300mm is a popular lens of choice these days, especially among young soldiers becoming indoctrinated in the art of DSLR photography. This long-range kit lens may come bundled within specialized camera boxes—if you’re willing to exchange your blood, sweat, and tears into monetary [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for Venus: A Perspective on Planetary Photography

11/13/2013 // 0 Comments

  Venus is the goddess of beauty, so it’s only natural that you want photograph her. Oh. Wait. We’re talking about the planet. Nevermind. Venus (the planet) is a -4.6 magnitude object, and it’s about 18x brighter than Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky! In other words…Venus is pretty damn bright! and that also means it’s not difficult to photograph Venus. Any manual control camera will do the job. Crop or full sensor DSLR will be the most versatile option. Prime focus astrophotography is also a viable option.   ** Rough Exposure Guide [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon EF 18-55mm (Kit lens)

10/22/2013 // 9 Comments

(Be sure to check out: Part 2, Part 3, Focusing Stars, and more!!!) It has a bad reputation. Considered bottom of the barrel. A piece of shit. But is this truly the case? If this lens really the bane of all photographers? The answer is no. Not only no, but a hell no! I know this is the case, because well…I own the lens. AND used it. Safe to say; I have a thing or two to say about it. Firsts things first. Lets discuss the mechanical quality. I believe this lens draws much of its ire from its lightweight construction. Usually when I used the term lightweight its in a positive manner. Not [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon EF 24mm Prime

10/15/2013 // 0 Comments

Small, lightweight- yet image quality is crisp. I’m talkin’ about the Canon 24mm prime lens! This lens is coated to help combat ghosting and flaring, which is a plus when imaging a full moon or bright planet. Imaging near street lamps can induce flaring, despite this coating. Beware. Compared to the Canon 50mm Compact Macro, the chromatic aberration is not as apparent due to its shorter focal length. The angle of view is a comfortable 84°, which means large constellations fit inside the frame. Here are a few things to keep in mind when imaging the sky with this lens: Expose for [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon Compact Macro 50mm

10/14/2013 // 3 Comments

A macro lens for shooting stars? I know. You think I’m crazy. I had my doubts as well. When I first acquired this lens, I reserved it only for the day, but surprisingly, it works quite well at night. Keep in mind, It’s not a requirement to have expensive lenses in order to capture the night sky. Chances are, if you own a DSLR, you already have one in your bag. Many people own a standard 50mm lens. If you’re one of these people, try using it. A prime 50mm lens is one of the cheapest on the market. Despite the price tag, they’re not as shitty as you may believe. These [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Buy A Telescope: Part 2

06/29/2013 // 0 Comments

A Clear And Cosmic Future   Now that you made the decision to purchase a telescope—it’s time to consider your objective. What do you expect to get out of your experience? Do you feel like perusing the lunar terrain? Taking a peek at gaseous giants? Exploring the Milky Way? Splitting double-stars? Spying on spirals? Perhaps all of the above? Once you have an understanding of your astronomical expectations, then you have to find the right tool for the job. Any respectable telescope will reveal the surface of the Moon.  Yes…even Little Jimmy’s StarBlaster 5000. [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet

06/28/2013 // 0 Comments

A Shining Imposter   Not every point of light in the night sky is a star. Sure. Some colorful points of lights are airplanes. Yeah. We all know that. But did you know it’s possible to see siblings of our solar system? Yes—it’s really possible to see planets. Twinkle, twinkle little star…blah blah blah…you know the rest. Something is responsible for a starlight’s restless wiggle. Or twinkle. That something is the comfortable (at least for the time being) atmosphere, which is saturated with many great things: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, volcano puke, [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Buy a Telescope: Part 1

06/19/2013 // 2 Comments

The Story of Little Jimmy It’s just another trip to S-Mart, the local big box store, as Jimmy and his mother patiently wait for the glass gate to slide open.  A gust of air howls, carrying with it the aroma of floor wax and commerce. At first, Jimmy thought the toy aisle offered nothing new.  That’s when he laid eyes on the StarBlaster 5000…a rectangular box…proudly boasting its abilities: Magnifies 500x Simple and easy to set up Tonight the universe is yours to behold!   Little Jimmy can’t help but gawk at the graphics…a purple galaxy…an odd planet adorned [Click Here To Read Article...]