Complete Idiot's Guide (astrophotography)

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Tweefo (August 16, 2008, 12:04:30 PM):
I want to learn more about astro photography. I know a bit about astronomy but very little about photography. They speak a different language! So I figured I need a book on the subject. While browsing the Compete Idiot's Guide series I came across The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology, Tarrot reading, Numerology and others. Now I wonder who is the idiot here? I don't think I'll trust this series in future. Anybody here who can send me in the right direction? I need to know where to start (digital)but I do not want to buy a lot of expensive equipment only to find out later I bought the wrong stuff.
bluegray (August 16, 2008, 14:23:59 PM):
The Compete Idiot's Guide series covers quite a lot of topics by different authors. Some in the series are not too bad, but from what I've seen, they usually cover only the basics. While good as an introduction, there are better books available if you are more serious about the subject.

It's probably best to start with a standard 35mm digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses. Then you can upgrade the lenses as you need them. As a beginner you can get pretty good shots with a tripod and a standard telephoto lens, depending on the subject.

There are a lot of good resources available on the web. Google will help you out here ;)
Catching the Light is a good start.
Tweefo (August 16, 2008, 16:35:35 PM):
Thanks. I've got a good telescope (Meade LX90) and want to take pics through the scope.
mdg (August 19, 2008, 07:41:30 AM):
Hi Tweefo,

Here's a good link (if you haven't seen it already) www.telescopesa.za.org. Go to their "tips and guides" page, there is an article on astrophotography, which gives a basic run down of what you need to start. It is possible to use a 35mm camera to start off with if you have the right adapter for your scope. Astrophotography is something I'd also like to try out, but haven't had much time to do so. I have a similar telescope to yours and would be interested to hear how you do when you start.
Good luck! ;D ;)
bluegray (August 19, 2008, 09:34:00 AM):
Also check out the links posted in the Lunar eclipse thread. Some nice pics as well ;)

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