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Astrophotography Scrapbook Vol. 1
Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius ( Messier 8, NGC 6523 )
The Fighting Dragons of Ara ( NGC 6188 )
War and Peace in Scorpius ( NGC 6357 )
Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744 in Pavo
Ptolemy's Cluster in Scorpius ( Messier 7, NGC 6475 )
A Million Stars in the Deep South ( NGC 104, 47 Tucanae )
A Wishing Well in Carina ( NGC 3532 )
A Beehive in the Southern Sky ( NGC 2516 )
The Sliver Coin in Sculptor ( NGC 253 )
The Great Nebula in Orion ( Messier 42, NGC 1976 ) - new 1 Dec
When I show my astrophotography images to my friends and family they invariably want to know what they are looking at. This led me to wonder if there was a way I could display my images on a single page together with a few notes on the target object as well as few technical details of the capture for those who might be interested. What I came up with a "scrapbook" like page that combines all of these three elements in a single PDF sheet ( or jpeg image) that ultimately I might combine together to form a PDF book that I can share online or send to friends and family. In the meantime, I thought I might post in this thread each page of my work-in-progress towards volume 1 of my Astrophotography Scrapbook.
Any and all comments, observations, suggestions and constructive criticisms will be warmly received.
ps. The pages have been sized to fit full screen on an IPAD
By Spaced Out
I’m a complete novice thinking of purchasing my first telescope for both viewing the night sky and astrophotography. I have a good telescope for birdwatching that I occasionally use to look at the sky, this has given me a taste for exploring what’s up there but I really need something more suitable to take me deeper.
I am very lucky to live in a part of Northumberland with little light pollution, so I intend to do most of my observing from the back garden. However, I may want to transport the telescope from time to time in my van.
I already do a lot of landscape astrophotography and I own DSLR gear for that purpose. As I already have an interest in photography I am sure that I will want to try my hand at prime focus photography through whichever telescope I end up purchasing, I would be particularly keen to try photographing some deep sky objects if possible.
I have spent the last few days online researching which telescope might help me step into the world of star gazing/astrophotography and I am thinking along the lines of a skywatcher 200PDS with a HEQ5 mount.
Everyone here will have more experience than me so I thought I’d ask whether this would be a suitable set up for my requirements as a complete novice looking to teach myself about the sky and bung a DSLR on it now and then ?! It costs a lot of money and so will involve some saving up before I can purchase, I did consider cheaper set ups but my mate told me if I was keen to use a DSLR then I should save my money for something more suitable or I might end up frustrated. I hope the 200PDS is suitable ?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you can offer.
I need your expert advise and opinions please.
I currently have a Sky-watcher 114 telescope which has served me well for the few years I've had it, but I've always had trouble with balancing, aligning and generally finding the more difficult things in the night sky. So I feel now is the time to upgrade to a goto telescope as I am keen to take up astrophotography and image and share what I'm seeing.
My theory is that if I have a computerised / goto telescope and mount, I would spend less time setting up and more time enjoying the night sky.
I have between £400 - £650 to spend I've done some research and I have come up with a few options but also welcome any suggestions you all come up with which I haven't thought of already.
Celestron Nexstar 5 SE Computerised Telescope https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-NexStar-SE-Computerised-Telescope/dp/B000GUHOYE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479455548&sr=8-5&keywords=celestron+nexstar
Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 SynScan Goto Telescope https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sky-Watcher-Skymax-127-SynScan-AZ-Telescope/product-reviews/B00A784RBS
Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT MaK Telescope https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-NexStar-127-Mak-Telescope/dp/B0038LX8XE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479455805&sr=8-1&keywords=celestron+nexstar+127
Meade ETX 90 Observer https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01E53GQ78/ref=pd_sbs_421_40?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4PMZKN1FJBKW0Y2KBV8S
Ive chosen various Maksutov-Cassegrain Style scopes as I'm a bit of a short-Bottom and found that when I tried out this type of telescope, it was easier to use rather than what I currently have.
I await your wisdom
An astromodified canon 450D, The IR cut filter has been removed which enhances the red emission in deep sky objects. Comes with a battery, charger, booklet and connecting cable for a computer. This is for the camera body no lenses. Cost covers special delivery, the camera is in great condition, with a very low shutter count of just 1755.......
Hello. Im new in this astrophotography thing but let's see If I can understand everything.
Recently I've bought a Skywatcher explorer 150 pds for taking pictures of DSOs. It came with T2 adapter so If I got everything right I need to buy a T2 ring for my Olympus E 420 camera and put the t ring on the camera. Then put the T2 adapter on the t ring and then just screw it in place where the eyepiece is. Then also a extra lens in the T2 adapter for focus?
Now maybe I got everything right or everything wrong. Please help me before I go buy it.