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  • Assembling the Telescope

    Since there are different requirements for imaging than for visual observation, the setup of your telescope will likely be slightly different for CCD imaging than you may be used to for visual observing. Everything must be more precise when it...

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  • Balancing for Imaging

    Balancing for Imaging

    Properly balancing your telescope is one of the most important steps in setting up to take CCD images. Improper balance is also one of the biggest sources of problems for imagers. Taking some extra time to understand the concepts behind...

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  • Polar Aligning your Mount for Imaging

    Polar Aligning your Mount for Imaging

    Accurate polar alignment is critical for CCD imaging. Field rotation, a trailing of stars near the edges of an image, can result from improper polar alignment. Even short exposures such as planetary images can benefit from good polar alignment as...

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  • Attaching the CCD Camera and Accessories

    Attaching the CCD Camera and Accessories

    While this seems like a straightforward procedure, there are some tricks to assembling all the imaging accessories which will help you avoid problems during an imaging session. Mounting the CCD Camera There are quite a few different ways to attach...

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  • Setting Up the Computer

    While setting up your computer for CCD imaging is pretty straightforward, there are a couple tips and tricks which can prevent problems you might run into. Laptop Settings It is important to turn off certain power-saving features before beginning CCD...

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