Basic Astrophotography Primer
Why photograph astronomical phenomena
- The Sky is constantly changing
- Professionals can’t watch everything
- Amateurs can discover or monitor comets, novae, variable stars, asteroids and monitor sunspots, planetary changes, lunar phenomena, etc
- Results can be visually impressive and (sometimes) scientifically useful
- For fun and the challenge!
- Impressive results from modest equipment
- Digital SLR £250-£3000
- Webcams £50-lots
- Telescopes £200-cost of a car!
- Adapters for iPhones!
Things to photograph:
- Planets and asteroids
- Sun (with proper protection)
- Stars and Constellations
- Deep Sky Objects
- Galaxies, Star Clusters, Star remnants
- Eclipses + Transits (lunar, solar, moons of Jupiter)