Your guide to Astrophotography Lots of stuff you need to know

On this site I attempt to collect together a lot of useful stuff I have discovered in the last three years since I started learning astrophotography and imaging the night sky. There a lots of resources out there on the web, but they are scattered around. I hope this site will save you time in hunting them down whether you are a beginner or an advanced imager. This is early days and I am still building, so if you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

Astrophotography stuff

Tripod or Tracker
The simplest and cheapest way to get into astrophotography is with equipment you already have or can supplement for a
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Lightweight Travel mount
A lightweight travel mount will  have enough payload to carry a telephoto lens or small telescope connected to a DSLR.
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Equatorial Mount with GOTO
A full size equatorial mount is the basic tool of the serious astronomer
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Refractor telescope
The simplest and oldest type of telescope can give the purest and crispest images, at a price. A refractor consists
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Newtonian Telescope
This telescope gives biggest “Bang for the Buck” its simple design allows low cost light weight telescopes to built for
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Schmidt Cassegrain
Basically a folded Newtonian telescope using extra mirrors and correction plates.
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DSLR
The most versatile and best value astrophotography camera you will ever own
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One Shot Cooled Color Camera
Or OSC to give it its short name. The cooling and dedicated astro chip gives superb images
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Cooled Mono Camera with Filter Wheel
For the ultimate images and with the ultimate price tag.
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Astrophotography 10 Commandaments
Here are the ten things I wish someone had told me when I started Astrophotography. If you follow these principles
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Recommended Astrophotography Books
I have read all these books and they have all added to my knowledge and enjoyment of Astrophotography. I have
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Top Astrophotography Targets
Go after these night sky objects first to build your skill
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Observatory
I am building the Observatory for My HEQ5 with a short fast refractor for imaging and my LX90 SCT mainly
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My Astronomy Equipment
In order of purchase and with some sort of rationale, here is the kit I have bought. LX90 8″ SCT
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