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Astrophotography
There is nothing more challenging in the craft of photography than prime focus astrophotography. Capturing a single image can require hours or even several nights under remote, dark skies aligning the telescope, focusing, setting up computers and cameras to carefully guide the telescope mount, and finally capturing multiple, long exposures that will later be aligned, stacked, and processed. Just getting a single printable image requires dedication and patience.

These pictures were all captured in either Oakland or Mill Valley California using the following equipment:

- FLT-110 APO Refractor @ f/6.5 using an oil-spaced TEC lens and dedicated field flattener
- Vixen VC200L classical Cassegrain reflector with integrated focal reducer/field flattener
- StellarVue 80S APO Refractor @ f/4.8 using a LOMO air spaced triplet and TeleVue field flattener

- Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO german equatorial mount on a portable pier
- Santa Barbera Instruments Group STL-11000M Cooled CCD camera with Astrodon Tru-Balance LRGB filters

To learn more about the astrophotographic techniques employed for the equipment listed above, see our astrophotography primer.

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The Ring Nebula
The Pinwheel Galaxy
The Leo Triplet
Double Cluster
M45 - The Pleiades
NGC6960 - Veil Nebula
M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula
The Great Cluster in Hercules
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The Whirlpool Galaxy
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Virgo Cluster
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Rosette Nebula
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M42 - The Orion Nebula
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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy
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M20 - The Trifid Nebula
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The Eastern Veil Nebula
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The Whale and the Crowbar
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Bode's Nebula
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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula
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M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy
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M8 - The Lagoon Nebula
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