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Do you want to take pictures with a telescope? Then you need to learn about astrophotography! Are you amazed by some of the images you may have seen online? Do you want to capture your own images of start clusters, galaxies, planets, nebulas or the moon? If you answered yes, then you came to the right place!

We are offering a free ebook called “An Introduction to Astrophotography”. All you need to do is fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we will send you a copy. There’s over 30 pages of high quality information waiting for you!

What’s included in the free astrophotography ebook?

Good question! The answer is: Just about everything you need to get started! Here’s a couple of excerpts from the book:

Autoguider info

“As discussed in the previous section, guiding is the process whereby you use the same or different telescope and camera to monitor the movement of a star using software and then using the software to send corrective signals to the mount. This ensures that your resulting image is free of star trails.”

Exposure info

“The length of your individual exposures can depend on a variety of things but the two most important things to consider is light pollution and the focal ratio of your telescope. Light pollution plays a role because if you live in an area of high light pollution and you’re exposures are too long, then your image will be washed out by a red and orange glow. So, the trick is to figure out what the longest exposure is you take before the image is completely washed out by this red and orange glow, because after all, in order for us to minimize the amount of noise in our images we need to take as long as exposures as we possibly can.”

Processing images

“After stacking your individual images as explained in the previous section, you already get to see some of the fruits of your labour, but you might be thinking that you haven’t managed to get as much detail in your images as you expected you would get. Don’t worry, because we are not done yet. This part of the image processing is where you will extract even more data from your image by applying various functions to it.
Some of the standard functions that astronomers apply are functions like Levels, Curves and Colour Correction. Besides the mentioned functions, there are many other techniques to get the most out of your image but you will have to consult the user manual of the software you are using to discover what other functions your software might contain for getting the most out of your images.

The internet is also a great resource for discovering what tools other astrophotographers are using to process their images.”

In addition to the information provided above,  have a look at the table of content of the astrophotography ebook. As you can see, a broad range of topics are covered.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING INTO ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

You Don’t Have To Be A Millionaire
City Dwellers
The Three P’s Of Astrophotography: Preparation, Patience and Perseverance
Various Types of Astrophotography

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N)
Why are the Objects you Imaged so Small?
How Long Should My Exposures Be?
Image Scale
Guided Or Unguided Astrophotography

RECOMMENDED ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Mount
Primary Imaging Telescope
Guide Scope Telescope
Imaging Camera
Guide Camera

TIME TO DO SOME ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

Setting Up For a Nights Imaging
Focus, Focus and Focus
Calibration Frames
Exposure Time And Number Of Exposures

BASIC IMAGE PROCESSING

Software Requirements
Calibrating Your Images
Stacking Your Images
Processing Your Images

EASY ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY TARGETS TO GET STARTED WITH

SUGGESTED BOOKS AND WEBSITES

Books and DVD’s
Web Sites

FINAL WORDS

As you can see, taking pictures with a telescope involves a lot of work, but thankfully we’ll explain how it all works! Download the full ebook now! It’s FREE!

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