Astrophotography

45 minutes - Free Video

This 45 minute video walks you through all the important steps for doing astrophotography with a DSLR.   Using an equatorial mount (Celestron Advanced VX) and the Celestron EDGE HD800 optical tube, it describes 1. Setting up the equipment including the "go to and tracking" of the mount, 2. Balancing, 3. Polar Alignment, 4. Camera settings along with Framing and Focusing, 5. Autoguiding, 6. Image Capture including dark frames, 7. Processing with Adobe Camera Raw and PhotoShop.

From set-up to processing images, this video takes you through the set-up of a Celestron Edge HD800 telescope on the Celestron Advanced VX mount.  Along with the Celestron 0.7 focal reducer, the Orion StarShoot autoguider and attaching a DSLR, you will see the process of setting up the tripod, attaching the mount and telescope, balancing the telescope and camera, polar aligning the mount, setting the DSLR settings for taking 10 minute exposures, setting up the mount's "go-to" settings on the mount, framing and focusing on the selected imaging target, autoguiding with using PHD Guiding and finally the processing of the images using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop.  Five images of Messier 33, the Pinwheel or Triangulum galaxy are used to offer basic processing techniques with the Adobe software.  On this EDGE HD telescope the Orion StarShoot Autoguider is attached to the finderscope with the Adapter SSAG to Guidescope.

Free Video - 10 minutes

The New Mexico All-Star Party is held annually at the Painted Pony Dude Ranch and Resort near Rodeo, New Mexico.   During the 2012 event, several astrophotography set-ups were used by participants to capture exceptional images under the dark, clear skies of southwestern New Mexico.  In this video the astrophotography set-ups are briefly described in order to demonstrate the variety of systems and equipment that can be used.

Free Video - 4 minutes

This 8"  SCT on the CG5 mount in the Celestron Advanced Series along with the Orion StarShoot Autoguider demonstrates the possibilities for astrophotos with a SCT and equatorial mount.  Included are actual photos taken by John Haines of Winnipeg.

Free Video - 10 minutes

In this "Getting Started" video on autoguiding you are walked through the process of using the Orion StarShoot Autoguider with the PHD guiding softward to allow your telescope to accurately track the stars for long time exposures of deep sky objects.  Designed for the person starting out in astrophotography the video covers the basics to get you started with autoguiding.

5 minutes

In this brief video, Ken, from All-Star Telescope talks about the basic necessary equipment - telescope, mount and autoguider -  needed for doing astrophotography.  Be sure to see the Astrophotography 101 video  for a full description of how to do astrophotography.

Free Video  8 minutes

The video demonstrates the set-up of an equatorial mount designed for astrophotography.   While one of the smallest and lightest equatorial mounts, the SkyWatcher EQ3 mount is easily transportable and plrovides excellent results when paired with an 80mm or smaller refractor.   The Orion 80mm carbon fibre aprochromatic telescope in the video could be replaced with a SkyWatcher 80mm Equinox or other smaller apochromatic telescope.   A similar set-up would be used with larger equatorial mounts and larger optical tubes. 

Free Video - 25 minutes

Using Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe PhotoShop (CS5), this video shows basic processing of  five RAW images of M33.   These steps are covered:

a.  Opening images in Adobe Bridge
b.  Initial processing of one image in Adobe Camera Raw
c.  Applying processing to other four images.
d.  Opening images in Adobe PhotoShop
e.  Aligning (registering) and stacking the five images
d.  Additional processing of stacked image, saving as PSD and JPEG files.

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The video shows a daytime set-up of an equatorial mount with a polar scope and demonstrates how one rotates the telescope's right ascesion axis to align the view in the polar scope to correspond with the position of the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia.  One then makes altitute and azimuth adjustments to centre Polaris in the position marked in the polar scope.    This video is also included in the EQ3 and ED80 Complete Set-Up video

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The video shows the complete set-up of an SkyWatcher EQ3 mount along with an 80mm apochromatic refractor equiped with the Orion Magnificent Mini autoguider and a DSLR.   The subjects covered include setting up and leveling the mount, adjusting the mount for latitude,  polar alignment using the mount's polar scope and balancing the equipment.   Using a Canon 60Da, the complete set-up was used the same night to capture six - five minute exposures of M27, the Dumbell Nebula, which is also shown in the video.

Fee Video 3 hours

 Introduction to Astrophotograhy to answer all your questions about astrophotography  - by Todd Benko.

Free Video

Based on Nebulosity, version 2, the videos cover these three subjects:

Nebulosity - Capturing the Lingt - see description on individual video

Nebulosity - PreProcessing Calibrated Images - see description on individual video

Nebulosity - Post-Process Master Image Files

Observer Nights

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