UP OPTICS Astrophotography Workshop

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Image Credit: UP OPTICS

The UP Photography Society (UP OPTICS), a duly recognized photography organization of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, will be holding an Astrophotography Workshop as part of the UP OPTICS Photography Workshop Series 2014.

The workshop will be held on March 12, 2014, at 6-8 pm (venue will be announced later) and is open for both UP students and non-UP participants. Learn the basics skills in astrophotography and find out how to capture the Milky Way using just an entry-level DSLR!

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Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) DSLR Modification

In this article, I will describe how I modified a Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) DSLR to become a dedicated astronomical camera, with all functions intact including its auto-focus capabilities, and thus, may still be used for non-astronomical purposes. The camera belongs to a fellow astronomy enthusiast and I was happy to accommodate the request to have it modified. It took me around 2 hours to complete the modification.

Canon 1000D Rebel XS DSLR Modification (1)
Canon 1000D DSLR modified for astrophotography

The modification involves the replacement of the camera’s stock (built-in) filter with a Baader BCF (Baader Conversion Filter). This filter allows greater sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths emitted by most deep-sky objects, while at the same time eliminate unwanted UV and other IR wavelengths. This filter is necessary for any system that uses lenses in the optical train. To learn about the key steps involved in this camera modification, click here.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

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California Nebula November 11, 2012

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Wide-field image of the California Nebula (right) and the dark nebula beside it (left) taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 20 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The low surface brightness of California Nebula makes it an extremely difficult target to observe visually, but shows up nicely in photos. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of nebulas, click here.

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Orion in Wide-field (November 11, 2012)

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Wide-field image of the constellation Orion 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 Barnard’s Loop, the Flame Nebula, the Orion Nebula, the Running Man Nebula, as well as the Horsehead Nebula are visible in this photo. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of constellations, click here.

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Venus Now Visible as a ‘Morning Star’

Venus is now visible as a ‘morning star’, seen as a very bright naked-eye object in the eastern horizon 1 to 2 hours before sunrise from August until early November of 2012. This planet is so bright that even a mobile phone camera should be able to capture it.

This image was captured on August 19, 2012, in Zambales, Philippines, with a DSLR camera-on-a-tripod with a 50 mm lens, set to ‘Auto’ mode.

Related link: Venus Visible in the Western Horizon (December 2011)

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