Astrophotography 101

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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.

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