Astrophotography 101

This is a little information about the Introduction to Astrophotography course being offered by Richard S. Wright Jr.

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Day 1
Introduction & The Importance of Good Data

Beginners guide to Astrophotography Equipment

  • Tripods/Sky Trackers
  • Mounts 101
  • Optics 101
  • Cameras 101
  • Matching Cameras & Optics

Getting Good Data/Best Practices

  • Focusing
  • How long do I expose?
  • Guiding
  • Dithering

Day 2

DSLR vs. CCD – Picking the right camera

Pre-Processing (calibration/stacking)

  • How/Why it works
  • Common shortcuts and their pitfalls

Processing Fundamentals

  • Stretching your data
  • Color Balancing
  • Sharpening
  • Punching it up

Potpourri

  • What is narrowband?
  • Light Pollution Filters
  • Video astronomy fundamentals (Planets/Moon/Solar)

Managing your workflow/Best Practices review

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