Starting out in Astrophotography

Blogged by Jonathan Maron on May 18, 2007 and tagged with Getting Started, Jupiter, Saturn.

Astrophotography, using CCD cameras, has taken giant strides in the last few years. Today, amateurs astrophotographers can capture images of Saturn and Jupiter that rival those produced by leading Earth-based observatories fifteen years ago.

This is possible thanks to the general availability of affordable astronomy cameras that are capable of capturing thousands of frames per minute; replacing the single frame systems that were used in the eighties for astrophotography.

Often at The Imaging Source, we receive telephone calls from people looking to get started in astrophotography. They want to know how they can use to their advantage these affordable astronomy cameras for their hobby.

To address this growing proportion of our customer base, we have collected a number of links to tutorials and articles, written for those just starting out:

Furthermore, the following books are also worth reading: