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Next Stargazing Feb 18th
Next Stargazing Feb 18th

Tutorials

  • Imaging with a Refractor

    Imaging with a Refractor

    The refractor is the oldest telescope design. It is by far the most familiar design (it's what Galileo used in the 17th Century, and it's what Marvin the Martian used in the cartoons). Refractors have been used to produce some...

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  • Imaging with a Newtonian

    Imaging with a Newtonian

    The modern theory of optics is due in great part to Isaac Newton. Much has been written about the fantastic achievements of Newton, but it was a misconception of his that led to his greatest astronomical invention. While studying refracting...

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  • Imaging with a SCT

    Imaging with a SCT

    Probably the most popular telescope design is the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT). The SCT is a versatile design, good for both imaging and visual observation. It is compact for portability and ease of use, and is relatively inexpensive compared to other...

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  • Imaging Mounts

    Imaging Mounts

    A sturdy mount is obviously important for visual observing--the lack of a quality mount is a primary complaint about cheap telescopes--but for astrophotography, the mount is every bit as important as the telescope itself. The mount's ability to hold the...

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  • Imaging with other Telescope Designs

    Imaging with other Telescope Designs

    Other Telescope Designs While the Schmidt-Cassegrain, Newtonian, and refractor are the most common optical designs used for CCD imaging and observing in general, other types are becoming increasingly popular. Classical Cassegrain Above: Optical layout of a Classical Cassegrain telescope The...

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  • Video Cameras

    Video Cameras

    There are two types of video cameras for astrophotography. The first is planetary cameras, used for imaging solar system objects at high frame rates. The other are deep-sky video cameras, which integrate longer exposures to give a "real time" view...

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  • Understanding Image Scale and Field of View

    Understanding Image Scale and Field of View

    When it comes to telescopes for visual observation, bigger is better: a larger aperture will gather more light and the observer will see more at the eyepiece. For CCD imaging, on the other hand, aperture is less important. What really...

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  • Choosing the Right Camera

    Choosing the Right Camera

    There are many options to consider when choosing a CCD camera, but usually there are a couple majors factors which can make the decision easier. Admittedly cost is one of the most important factors, but there can be a variety...

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  • Imaging Accessories

    Imaging Accessories

    Below are the most common accessories used by beginning CCD imagers to make life under the stars a little easier. Dew Shields and Heaters Moisture forming on the front lens of a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope can easily ruin a CCD imaging...

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