Setting up 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 balancing and to correctly balance your telescope will definitely pay off in the end.  Balance… More »

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 imaging! If your computer goes into sleep mode while an image is being taken it… More »

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 a CCD camera to a telescope.  It mostly depends on what you wish to image,… More »

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 there will be less drift from one image to the next during a sequence, keeping… More »

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 comes to imaging:  alignment, balance, tracking and focus all must be more accurate than is… More »