M33 Triangulum Galaxy November 11, 2012

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The Triangulum Galaxy (sometimes referred to as Pinwheel Galaxy) is the most distant object that can be seen with the unaided eye, approximately 3 million light-years from Earth. This wide-field image of the Triangulum Galaxy was taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 30 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The low surface brightness of Triangulum Galaxy makes it an extremely difficult target to observe visually in light-polluted skies. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of galaxies, click here.

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M31 Andromeda Galaxy (November 11, 2012)

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Wide-field image of the Andromeda Galaxy taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 30 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The Andromeda Galaxy, even at a distance of 2.2 million light-years, is still visible to the naked eye and shows up well with any DSLR kit lens. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of galaxies, click here.

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Supernova SN 2012aw April 8, 2012

Image of the supernova SN 2012aw (currently at magnitude 13.3) discovered by an Italian astronomer Paolo Fagotti last March 17, 2012 in M95 galaxy in the constellation Leo. The spiral arms of the galaxy to which the supernova belongs to is barely visible in this photo. Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 5 x 90 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 8, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of supernova, click here.

How to Take Photos of the Milky Way

Taking a photo of the Milky Way may seem beyond the capabilities of an entry-level DSLR camera, after all, it is our galaxy and not just some familiar subject like the moon or the Sun. In this article I’ll walk you through some of the most important things you need to know in order to capture a photo of the Milky Way.

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Image was taken at around 4 am on March 8, 2014, using only a Canon 600D and an 18-55 mm kit lens (Coron, Palawan)

The Milky Way is a very *very* faint target. It is so faint that it could easily get lost in the sky glow caused by city lights or even overpowered by the seemingly faint moonlight . To capture a target as faint as the Milky Way, photos must be shot from a place that is really *really* dark. Dark, not in a sense that there are no ambient lights, but “dark” in a sense that there is very minimal light pollution. A trip to a nearby province may be enough to offer the conditions suitable for this purpose. Milky Way enthusiasts usually travel to dark-sky sites to avoid city’s light pollution and schedule imaging sessions when the moon is not visible. Read more.

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