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M33 - Triangulum Galaxy
I got into amateur astronomy back in 1997 when I bought my first telescope, a 6" Orion Deep Space Explorer. 13 years later I sold the 6" and bought an Orion XT12G 12" dobsonian with goto/tracking. In addition to providing stunning visual views it is also great for planetary imaging with a Celestron Neximage. I got the bug for deep space astrophotography so I bought an Orion ED80T CF Triplet APO refractor, an Atlas EQ-G and the Orion Magnificent Autoguider package (starshoot camera and 50mm guide scope) and a Canon T2i DSLR. Astrophotography allows me to indulge my inner-geek and my artistic side. I hope you enjoy my images as much as I enjoyed producing them.
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Date Taken: 10/13/2012
Photographer: Greg B.
Location: Four Oaks, NC
Telescope: Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
Camera: Orion Magnificent Mini Deluxe AutoGuider Package
Other Camera: Canon T2i
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CS 5.1
Exposure: 17x300 sec
Notes: M33 - the Triangulum Galaxy. Image composed from 17 5 minute ISO 800 exposures (1 hour 25 minutes total exposure time). Camera: Canon T2i Telescope: Orion ED80T CF Triplet Mount: Atlas EQ-G Guiding: Orion SSAG w/50mm guide scope. Software: Backyard EOS for acquisition, PHD for guiding, DeepSkyStacker to calibrate and stack frames, Photoshop CS 5.1 for post-processing. No dark or flat frames (my camera battery died).

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