Horsehead Nebula with a modified Canon 100D

Night Photography February 29, 2016 Syed Zaidi
Feb 2016

Finally after about 2 weeks a clear night so I took all my setup out and started imaging the Horsehead Nebula. All my equipment attaches to a pc so everything is mostly automated and was working fine then after about an hour it started to become hazy so couldn’t continue. I was only able to capture 40 mins of data, so I thought I would just process that and see how it goes. The final image turned relatively ok for the amount of data I had.

The equipment I use:

Celestron AVX mount
Skywatcher 130PDS
Skywatcher 0.9X coma corrector
IDAS D1 filter
Modified Canon 100D
11″ laptop
Pixinsight for processing
QHY5L-II guider
50mm Orion guide scope

Horsehead Nebula from UK

Astrophotography: Orion Nebula M42 with Skywatcher 130pds and Celestron AVX mount

Night Photography January 11, 2016 Syed Zaidi
Jan 2016

Recently I got a new telescope Skywatcher 130pds and the mount is Celestron Advanced VX which supports a payload of up to 14KG. For astrophotography the mount is the most important thing in a telescope setup. For deep sky objects you need long exposures and for that your mount has to be rock solid and not only that it should track well without vibrations. The second important thing is of course the tube itself but that has to have fast optics and a good focuser.

Anyway, for deep sky objects you actually need shorter focal lengths something like 400mm to 750mm, any higher then that and you are asking for tracking issues.

Last night was partly clear so I took my telescope out and got some shots, this is one of them. Orion nebula is relatively easier to photograph and looks great too.

Orion Nebula shot with Skywatcher 130PDS

South Stack Panasonic G7 4K sample video

North Wales November 29, 2015 Syed Zaidi
Nov 2015

Just a short 4K clip I shot with my Panasonic G7 in strong windy conditions. The wind was so strong I couldn’t keep my tripod stable the wind would just knock it over.

Check out the scary huge waves hitting South Stack island.

iMac SKYLAKE (late 2015) SSD tests

Reviews November 26, 2015 Syed Zaidi
Nov 2015

I got my new iMac late 2015 SKYLAKE i7 m395x 256GB SSD and after about a month of using it I must admit I absolutely love it, the speed is great. The SSD in 2015 model is 2.5 times faster than the 2014 5K model and that alone makes a huge difference in performance.

I use this iMac to process photos in Photoshop, LR, Premiere Pro and iMovie so speed is very important.

Here’s a quick video I made to show the speed of the SSD.

Panasonic G7 Low Light Test

Reviews November 20, 2015 Syed Zaidi
Nov 2015

I recently got my hands on a micro four third camera and I’ve been using full frame cameras for some years now and wasn’t expecting much from this m43 Panasonic G7. But I am very impressed by the quality of photos and 4K videos it produces. I’ll do some in-depth reviews in coming days so keep checking this blog out for more videos.

Headshots for Social Media

Headshots By Syed Zaidi April 23, 2015 Syed Zaidi
Apr 2015

headshots for social media


Getting professional headshots for social media especially for LinkedIn is getting very popular. There are many photographers in London and around UK that are offering such services. Personally I think social networks like LinkedIn are very important for your career and the way you present your profile is all that matters for getting those big interviews. So investing a little to get professional photos is not a bad idea after all.

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