Astrophotography - Yes you can!

CCD vs Film? Lots of time vs no patience? Alright, this is your place to discuss all the astrophotography what's and what's not. You can discuss about techniques, accessories, cameras, whatever....just make sure you also post some nice photos here too!
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Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby Barry » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:55 pm

G'day to all you budding astrophotographers!

I would like to vigorously encourage any and all who are thinking of giving astrophotography a crack. Sure, it's nice to have thousands of dollars worth of precision equipment, but let me reassure you, you don't even need a telescope!

All it takes is some pretty basic equipment, combined with a little bit of tricksy know-how. It really is that simple.

Be prepared though, if you get into this thing, you will get hooked, you will get aperture fever and your wallet will get thinner!

I have penned some pages of basic techniques here >>> http://asignobservatoryii.com/astrophotographytips.htm , that should get you started as well as give you a reality check, seasoned with some well deserved uppercuts.

Below are a few examples of what can be achieved with basic to advanced techniques in advancing order.

DSLR, wide lens 16mm, tripod, 10 second timer delay, 30 second exposure, brake lights, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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DSLR, wide lens 35mm, telescope mount that tracks star motion, 10 second timer delay, four minute exposure, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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DSLR, lens 70mm, telescope mount that tracks star motion, 10 second timer delay, 7 x five minute exposures, stacked in deep sky stacker, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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DSLR, lens 400mm, tripod, 10 second timer delay, 1/100 second exposure, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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DSLR, 120mm telescope, solar filter, telescope mount that tracks star motion, 10 second timer delay, 8 x 1/200 second exposures, stacked in Maxim DL Essentials, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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Dedicated CCD astro camera, imaging scope 120mm, tracking scope 80mm with guide camera, telescope mount that tracks star motion, PC to run it all, five hours worth of 20 minute exposures, stacked in Maxim DL Essentials, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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Dedicated CCD astro camera, imaging scope 120mm, tracking scope 80mm with guide camera, telescope mount that tracks star motion, PC to run it all, four hours worth of 20 minute exposures, stacked in Maxim DL Essentials, levels and curves adjust in photoshop.
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That's not all folks, there is so much you can do, the sky isn't even the limit!

Cheers and blessings!!

Baz.

P.S. Mods, would this make an OK sticky to help the new guys starting out?

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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby Mariner » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:27 pm

Thanks for the wonderful tips Barry!
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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby shirox » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:20 pm

beautiful images and fantastic tips Barry! Thanks alot!!!!
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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby Gary » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:48 pm

Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby Barry » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:34 pm

My pleasure guys.

Baz.

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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby jimmyleong » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:47 pm

beautiful photos....

one important issue is location. where in singapore would we be able to see such clear sky?

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Re: Astrophotography - Yes you can!

Postby Barry » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:38 pm

jimmyleong wrote:beautiful photos....

one important issue is location. where is singapore would we be able to see such clear sky?


I've never been there but I've been told it's a city on a rock so it doesn't seem likely to me that you would have dark skies. I really can't answer that based on my limited knowledge of the region.


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