Skip to comments.looking for a FR astronomy/astophotograghy hobbyiest.
Posted on 09/28/2018 11:07:24 AM PDT by Fhios
Hey, I'm looking for some amature astronomy / astrophotography hobbyists that can give me hints, links and recommendations to get started.and even used eqipment that may fit in with what I'm going to do.
1. I'm handicapped so my mobility is restricted I'll startiing in my driveway with pretty high light polutiing focusing on objects off in our solor system. Sun, moon, Jup, mar, saturn, uran, Merc venusm pluto, Moons of Jupiter, planets transiting the Sun and if they are resolvable, some of the bigger asteroids.
2. I would like take some time delayed photographs just for practice for upgrades I may do, Focusing on mounts and motor driven mounts.
3. Start taking pictures of some of the larger Nebula, binaires, galaxies and looking for upgrades I'll need to do this. With. Then finally upgrade to computer controlled/wireless telescopes where I can do all of the above and monitor from indoors
I can help you with this including attaching computer it, automated tracking scope, photography etc
Send me a PM and we can discuss
I can help. We’ve got several telescopes, computers, cameras, and all.
Where I live now, I have a decent view of the night sky.
My telescope almost requires a degree to run it.
I will get a camera for my Celestron scope. Eyepieces have become tough for me. An eye problem.
For bright objects such as planetary and lunar imaging, use an inexpensive webcam with the scope, which can be had for under a few hundred bucks or as little as 50 bucks.
Then get a copy of software for post processing which you can run the video through. The software will capture only the best frame/images and puts them together, aligns, calibrates and stacks them together into one image.
And webcam images can be spectacular!
Below is a basic information on webcams.
Live on a boat in the center of the Pacific ocean where there is no light pollution.
Bookmarked for some day.
But I would start with the webcam for brighter planetary/lunar imaging.
Thanks RB, pinging the APoD list et al.
My scope weighs a lot due to weighted base.
I’d like to build some kind motorized mount to point the thing that could live outside. The glass would be stored inside.
You can find all the help you will need by visiting
Lots of information already there and they’ll be more than happy to answer any/all questions
Are you looking for a shelter for the scope?
If you just want to leave the mount/scope outside, look at scope/mount solar covers like the one below.
Warning: This can get VERY expensive, very quickly.
Normally, you’d want to use an equatorial mount to properly track objects across the sky, but those are heavy. An alt-az tracking mount is sufficient for bright objects, like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.
Something like an Orion StarSeeker mount with scope and a ZWO planetary camera can get you started relatively cheaply.
I’d recommend heading over the the http://www.cloudynights.com forum and do a lot reading and asking questions. Feel free to PM me, if I can help.
You can see some of my work here - https://www.astrobin.com/users/CGV/
It can be expensive. And if he goes alt-az mount for tracking, he’ll need to purchase yet another mount when he’s ready to go equatorial for the low light long exposure deep space images.
I agree, start small to see if the interest continues, but that can also be an expensive route when one has to ramp up their equipment to extend their reach.
LOL! I about fell out of my chair reading that. I must be a glutton for punishment as I stuck with it. I recall when some years ago attempting to polar align a non-computerized scope. After about 2 days I was ready to use it as target practice. Then a few years later the digital world took over and had to learn to use the scope using a computer and then learn the software for post processing and all the techniques used to squeeze out the data. I was ready to give up more then a few times. Btw, I don't mean laugh, it just hit my funny bone. I can very much relate.
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