Webcam Astrophotography Tutorial for Planets

Introduction

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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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