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Getting the most with a DSLR

November 2012: Follow these steps to get CCD-quality astroimages out of your DSLR camera.
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CCD imaging is fine in its place, but I also love using a quality digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Most recently, I’ve been enthralled with the Canon 60Da, which captures all the colors of the sky, including a large percentage of the “celestial red” of red-emitting nebulae. When combined with high-quality telephoto lenses and accurate tracking, the results are breathtaking.

Unfortunately, just as with CCD imaging, getting the most from your DSLR shots requires combining multiple images into a master frame. I use the following approach.

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