Southern Sky Celestial Events - July 2018

July 12 - Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation When a planet is at it's greatest eastern elongation, it is at it's highest point after the sun sets. This means it is a great chance to view Mercury as it will be at it's highest point in the sky after sunset. July 13th - New Moon A new moon occurs when it is in conjunction with the sun and c...
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Mars is going to be BIG in July!

MARS AT OPPOSITION JULY 27th! Not since 2003 has Mars been as close to Earth then what is will be on the 31st of July. When a planet is at opposition, it means it is essentially opposite the sun, from a specific perspective (Earth). It means Earth will pass between Mars and the sun, making it appear larger then usual. Mars will appear 1.8...
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How to use Clear Outside App and how it will improve your landscape photography

Now to be a little more specific, I am mainly refering to landscape photography such as sunrises, sunsets and astrophotography. Clear outside will make you a more effective photographer. No more waking up to cloudy skies and dozing off again. Or the opposite, no more waking up to amazing sunrise photographs on social media (usually me!). So her...
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Shooting Deep Space objects with just your camera!

A long lens. A full frame Camera and my tripod. This my set up for targeting DSOs under mag 5. Now before I start, these images aren't fabulous....they are just okay and that's about the best quality you will get but theoretically still amazing that we can capture these deep sky objects with this set up. For anyone who doesnt know the abbr...
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Shutter speed and the 500 rule - Astrophotography

In astrophotography it is essential we shoot long exposures to gain as much light as we can. The two things that allow this is the shutter and the shutter speed. The shutter itself is the curtain and the speed is the time that curtain is open for, exposing the sensor to light from the environment. Your shutter speed will be determined by both you...
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Better your compositions instantly with this simple trick

Here's a simple and easy trick for everyone to start using. All of my workshops participants would have heard me harp on about the rule of thirds when composing an image. So to help you develop this skill, you can immediately improve your images by using the below technique and create a rule of thirds grid in Photoshop. In Photoshop, press Ctrl-K...
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Southern Sky Celestial Events - May 2018

Celestial Events - May 2018 May 6th & 7th - Eta Aquarids One of the more spectacular meteor showers we get to see in the southern hemisphere, the eta aquarids meteor shower can produce 50+ meteors per hour radiating from the constellation Aquarius. It is created from the dust of Halley's Comet. Unfortunately the moon will reduce the amount of me...
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What is ISO and what is it's importance in Astrophotography

Firstly ISO itself has nothing to do with photography. It is an acronym for International Standards Organisation. You can find the use of this acronym in various fields and it is just a set of standards relating to that field. What does relate to photography is the standard itself: A scale of measuring sensitivity to light. We can all agree tha...
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Aperture and it's importance in Astrophotography

Aperture is an important aspect when it comes to astrophotography. It could make a huge difference in how your image turns out and what your camera is capable of producing. Aperture essentially is the opening in a camera lens that allows light to hit the sensor and is also easily confused when it comes to terminologies like fast, wide, small and l...
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Best camera for astrophotography under $1000 Canon Argument

Canon EOS 200D counter arguement By Stephen from Astro Coy Photography Thank you for the read Scenic Dreams Photography, although I do agree with you that the D5600 may have higher Dynamic Range values than some Canon cameras but let me enlighten you to why the Nikon D5600 doesn’t “blow” Canon cameras out of the water and why the Canon 200D is a...
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