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ASIAIR PRO vs ASIAIR PLUS

ASIAIR PRO vs ASIAIR PLUS

Well if you haven't seen my silly video ZWO was kind enough to give me the title of ASIAir Plus Experience Officer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYmnUSOse5Q What this title means is I was selected with 233 users all over the world to give the Astro community a...

Astro Rig the Final Chapter

Astro Rig the Final Chapter

Man alive has my rig gone through some major changes in over a year. This one is the most expensive upgrade by far but also this is where I plan to come to a stop with my Astrophotography setup. I plan on adding some binoculars and maybe just maybe a longer focal...

Unihedron Sky Quality Meter-L

Unihedron Sky Quality Meter-L

So I have been shooting the stars for over a year and always based my Bortles class skies on popular websites https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/ https://clearoutside.com/ Light Pollution map has me at Bortles 4 and Clear Outside has me at Bortles 2. I even tried the...

iOptron GEM28 vs SkyWatcher EQM-35

iOptron GEM28 vs SkyWatcher EQM-35

I recently pulled the trigger and upgrading my mount to the iOptron GEM28 with LiteRoc Tripod. I skipped on the iPolar and EC upgrades as I don't need those things. However, I do plan on getting a case for it for travel when they are back in stock. Right now due to...

Exposure, Gain, and Cooling oh My

Exposure, Gain, and Cooling oh My

So in my ever-evolving journey of Astrophotography, I keep opening new doors and continue to learn more and more about this hobby. It's not just about capturing the stars that make this hobby so exciting or sitting outside enjoying the stars above, it is also about...

Battery Time

Battery Time

So recently I found out about TAAS which is the Albuquerque Astronomical Society. What I didn't realize is we had this group so close to me and even better they have a private observatory about 11 miles from my house! While I am sitting on Bortles scale 3/4 skies in...

EQStarProEQM35 Review

EQStarProEQM35 Review

Update 5/17/2021: Spoke with SkyWatcher and they had me make some adjustments to my mount. They do not recommend users making these adjustments unless it's needed. If you are having weirdness with your mount please contact SkyWatcher, their support is amazing! I still...

SubframeSelector – PixInsight

SubframeSelector – PixInsight

Forward Now that I have a Mono camera I have decided to dive much deeper into my photos and make sure I am getting the best quality image out of my time in the field be it in my backyard or out at the GNTO! In comes, something I have been wanting to learn to do for...

Astro Rig 5.0

Astro Rig 5.0

Forward So I have been contemplating what I want to do with the stars and my rig. I moved from a Nikon D5500 to the ZWO ASI533MC Pro. I took great pictures with them both but even better pictures with the ZWO ASI533MC Pro. One of the things that added a bunch of fun...