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Gamma-Cygni-region
The region surrounding Gamma Cygni (the bright star at center) teems with star clusters and nebulae. The author took this image with a Canon 20Da DSLR and a 105mm f/4.5 lens. He stacked three 3-minute exposures at ISO 800 and subtracted dark and flat frames.
Michael A. Covington
There’s skill and art involved in taking great pictures of the deep sky using a telescope as your camera’s lens. But there are cheaper and easier ways to capture the night sky. In the previous articles in this series, author Michael A. Covington walked you through the logistics of purchasing a camera suitable for astrophotography, capturing images with a basic camera-on-tripod setup, and, most recently, piggyback astroimaging. With more than 30 years of experience shooting the night sky, Covington knows how to provide the information you need to become an accomplished skyshooter.
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