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Astroimaging Meeting

Deep Sky Imaging for Beginners will run at the start of the meeting, followed by other topics/activities as notified through the AI email mailing list.

27 June 2018 - Session 4: Cameras for astrophotography

You can’t do astrophotography without a camera! In fact, we usually need two cameras: an imaging camera and a guide camera. So here we pause from hands-on photography to consider some camera related aspects—fields of view, matching camera to telescope and resolution. We will also touch on the various pros and cons of a DSLR vs a cooled monochrome astronomical camera vs a one-shot colour astronomical camera. However, at this stage there is no harm in continuing with a DSLR for your imaging camera rather than plunging into an expensive purchase.

Objective: understand the various cameras you will need for astroimaging
Motivation: what you need to know about cameras and how to make a choice
• imaging camera
• guide camera
• why you want/don’t want a dedicated astroimaging camera
• matching camera and telescope
• field of view considerations
• focal length considerations
• colour or mono
• software for image acquisition e.g. Sequence Generator Pro, MaximDL, Astroart.

Previous: Session 3: Stacking - 30 May 2018 
Next: Session 5: Capturing images with a tracking mount—advanced - 25 July 2018

A full list of dates for Astroimaging Meetings may be viewed at

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 19:30
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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