As much as astrophotography can be richly rewarding, it is both a skill and an art which requires tremendous patience as
well as trial and error via experience. The latter is perhaps of greater significance, for the numerous and incessant
trials and errors should be and are very educational. Of course, it is a trivial matter to wonder in retrospect what one
was thinking originally and so misguidedly but wisdom only comes through pain, frustration, heartache, long all-nighters,
hair-pulling, mosquito bytes (and lots of them), lots of wasted efforts, some mediocre efforts and countless examples of
Murphy's Law (lots of embarrassing examples available here).
At the same time, astrophotography and certainly amateur astronomy are hobbies for which one can derive lots of information and advice from those who have travelled the same beaten path a priori. Nevertheless, the greatest learning does come from one's efforts to understand and comprehend.
Listed below are my attempts to parlay some of my experiences and learning while sitting behind the telescope and camera in the (unpleasant) company of mosquitoes during the summer and absence of Joules in the winter.
|Tips, Tips and More Tips|
|Solar Imaging in H-á Using the Nikon CP995|
|Iridium Satellite Flare Photography|
|Conquering the Solar Analemma Challenge|
|Geostationary Satellite Photography|
|Imaging the Moon|
|G2V star calibration and the SBIG ST-2000XM|
|The ISS Transitting the Sun and Moon|
|Processing Images of the Sun|