Introduction to Astrophotography

Introduction to Astrophotography The Universe and our own solar system have always been awe-inspiring subjects for those of us living on this little, blue planet. Capturing images of what's "out there" is an undertaking that we've tried to perfect since the invention of the camera and we – as a race – have developed...

Astrophotography Gear: The Camera

Astrophotography Gear: The Camera Before we launch into discussions about astrophotography techniques, some time needs to be spent on the equipment you'll want to consider having on hand. After all, the upcoming lessons won't be very effective if you don't have the gear you need to practice what you're learning. That being the...

Astrophotography Telescope Basics 3: Mounting the Scope

Astrophotography Telescope Basics 3: Mounting the Scope One of the most important features of an astrophotography setup is the mount for your scope. In a previous article, we discussed the basic mount types. In this lesson, we'll go into more detail about mounting systems as they apply to telescopes. A mount for an astronomical telescope must serve...

Astrophotography Gear: The Essentials

Astrophotography Gear:  The Essentials In the previous article, we covered the subject of cameras for astrophotography. That's obviously the first piece of basic gear that you're going to need. Aside from that, there are some essential pieces of equipment, some that are only necessary for specific types of shots and some that just...

Astrophotography Gear: Optional Equipment

Astrophotography Gear: Optional Equipment Now that you know what's essential in the way of equipment for astrophotography, let's take a look at just a few items that you might want. Keep in mind that the kind of gear you'll need is somewhat dependent on the types of astrophotography you plan to dive into. With that in mind, here's a...