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    September, 2013
Posted by psychdoc27 on Monday, September 09, 2013 10:19 AM

Good morning all.  This is my first post on this site and I am a new subscriber and  member. onr ofmy prioritirs is is picking anew and first telescope.  I love phontography and am inerested in learning about astrophotography a relatively new area for me.  Would appreciate any of your personal tips and suggestions.  I am a retired neuropsychologist and an Extra class amateur radio operator and pretty tech savvy for an old guy. Thanks in advance for everything. psychdoc27

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    November, 2009
Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, September 09, 2013 10:48 AM

My first suggestion would be a couple of good books.  "Nightwatch" and "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide".

You need to understand a bit about the different types of equipment and what thier relative strengths and weaknesses are.  If you have never owned or used a telescope before, astrophotography can be a pretty steep learning curve fraught with expensive "gotchas".  So do a little research and decide what it is you really want to accomplish in the hobby.

Better yet, join a local club.  They'll really help you out.

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars


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    September, 2013
Posted by psychdoc27 on Monday, September 09, 2013 3:52 PM

great advvice, going to tryy Nightwatch and do some research on the euuipment peter pan suggested. I feel very welcombed to this group and thats a biggie foepr me. psychdoc27

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, September 09, 2013 5:08 PM

Jumping right into astrophotography as a novice is risky but some people have accomplished the feat.  However, I don't recommend taking this course.

Star Ware is a good source of information on astronomical gear.

If you're going to be using a DSLR camera rather than a webcam or a CCD camera, you may want to consider purchasing one or both of these books:

Lists of astronomy clubs can be found at and and

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by Starrancher on Monday, September 30, 2013 4:27 PM

+ 1 for Phil Harringtons book "Star Ware" . 

The invisible man 

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