“I Have This Scope and Want to do Astrophotography”
Speaker: Don Selle
Location: Online via Zoom with chat
Abstract – It is a statement we hear regularly from new astronomers and it’s usually followed by a flurry of how-to questions. Most times, it is difficult to answer these questions because it can be hard to know where to start. As one wag put it: ”Astrophotography is a wide river that runs deep. It has a steep and slippery slope to get to it, is full of twists and turns, and hides many snags along the way”.
The astrophotography we see today on the internet and in various publications is magnificent and inspiring. It is also very different from other types of inspiring photography. In addition to the photographic knowledge required to produce say an inspiring landscape photo, astrophotography requires the imager to learn and use equipment and processes not used in any other type of photography.
This presentation is meant as a starting point for answering this question, and to set reasonable expectations by providing insight into the various types of astrophotography, the equipment and software used for each, and a glimpse at the skills and time required to be a successful astro-imager.