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  • Digital SLR Astrophotography

    Digital SLR Astrophotography

    This tutorial covers the methods I use for astrophotography with my Canon XSi digital SLR and Celestron CGEM. It is similar to the tutorial I wrote in December of 2007 for digital SLR astrophotography with my Canon 300D. With the exception of the Orion ED80 refractor, I am using all new equipment. I am also using different software for processing the RAW images into a detailed composite photo. Note that Read More
  • Astrophotography on a Budget by Martin Cohen

    Astrophotography on a Budget by Martin Cohen

    Many years ago, before digital photography revolutionized the medium, taking a beautiful shot of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), or even a detailed image of the moon, showing its many craters, rilles and mountains would only be possible if you had a large wallet and access to highly specialized equipment and techniques. For the average amateur astronomer it was entirely out of reach. With high-end telescopes now being mass produced, new Read More
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Webcam Astrophotography Tutorial for Planets


This webcam astrophotography tutorial is intended to explain my method for obtaining the planetary images found in my solar system image gallery. I hope it will be useful to those who are just starting out in astrophotography with a webcam. Below are a few of my favorite astrophotos that I have taken using my telescope and webcam.

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Roll-Off Observatory

Here is a unique type of roll-off observatory designed by Ray Shore to house his 12″ Meade LX200 telescope. Instead of the roof rolling off on rails, the entire shed rolls away from the telescope! According to Ray, he just needed something large enough to protect the telescope when not in use. Extra room inside the observatory was not necessary since the cameras and telescope is controlled from within his garage. This kept the cost of the observatory to a minimum. The observatory is approximately 4′ X 4′ and rolls away from the scope on heavy-duty castors when the doors are open. Equipment details as follows:

  • Main telescope: 12″ LX200 Classic (D = 305mm, F = 3048mm, f/10)
  • 80mm Orion ED80 APO refractor piggybacked to LX200 (F= 600mm, f/7.5 )
  • Telrad viewfinder
  • Camera’s used: Canon Digital Rebel (300D) and Philips ToUcam Pro 740K
  • Mainly used for astrophotography

Ray’s personal website link: Ray Shore’s Astronomy and Astrophotography Site.

Center of Rosette Nebula

Ed Henry of Hay Creek Observatory has done it again! He produced a spectacular image of a deep space marvel. This time, he focused on the center of the Rosette Nebula which contains the open cluster, NGC 2244.

This astro-photo was taken with his Meade 10 inch SCT at F4.9 and ST4000 CCD camera with AO-L. Total exposure time: 3.2 hours. Be sure to click on the photo of the Rosette Nebula for a larger view.

Ed Henry's Hay Creek Observatory
Ed Henry’s Hay Creek Observatory

Henry has been involved in astrophotography for a number of years and specializes in deep space imaging with SBIG cameras.  He has an outstanding portfolio of high resolution images taken from his personal observatory in Wisconsin. Based on his work posted on his personal astrophotography website, it is clear that Henry has a knack for drawing out the faintest detail from the most challenging objects in the night sky!

So if your skies are cloudy tonight, why not zoom over to Henry’s website for a good dose of awe and inspiration! You will be amazed at his mastery of camera and scope!

Link: Hay Creek Observatory: Astro-Images by Ed Henry