Finding Objects

Finding Celestial Objects

Computerized telescopes are becoming increasingly popular.  These telescopes make finding celestial objects extremely easy.  However, there are still many non-computerized scopes out there, and even for users of goto scopes there are some tricks necessary for getting the exact picture you want. Finding Objects Manually Finding targets for CCD imaging is very much like hunting… More »

Choosing a Target

When you first start imaging, you will probably want to take pictures of the objects you are familiar with from visual observing.  This will allow you to see your favorite objects in spectacular new detail.  Eventually, you might also want to image the things you cannot see visually through your telescope.  A perfect example of… More »

Aligning a Computerized Telescope for Imaging

Note:  For specific instructions on aligning various models of computerized telescopes, see the Aligning a Computerized Telescope section of theTelescope Basics site.  Below are general recommendations for aligning for CCD imaging. Most computerized or goto telescopes need to be aligned after the CCD camera is in place.  This is due to the fact that a… More »