Astrophotography of Southern Celestial Marvels

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About Astrophotography

Astrophotography is a rewarding hobby that can be started with a film or digital camera and a tripod. This setup will allow you to take star trails of the night sky.

Going beyond star trails and taking photographs of the planets, requires a computerised telescope that will track the night sky to stop field rotation.

Deep space astrophotography requires a financial and time commitment to achieve good results. There are a few things needed in this area in order of priority:

  1. Solid telescope mount that is designed for astrophotography work.

  2. A cooled 16-bit astronomical CCD camera. Most domestic digital cameras are 8-bit are not sensitive enough for this work.

  3. A refractor or reflecting telescope.

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