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The Frugal Astrophotographer

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#1 mloffland



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Posted 29 April 2009 - 01:03 PM

The Frugal Astrophotographer

#2 jrcrilly


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Posted 29 April 2009 - 01:08 PM

Great article! It's a good reminder that one doesn't have to dive into the deep end to get started in astro-imaging.

Thanks! :jump:

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:27 PM


congratulations to the article and pictures. The joy you get out of the picturs is not directly related to the money put into the equipment! Doing "cheap" astrophotography is fun.

Where did you get the dovetail base for the SP mount? I am looking for something similar.



#4 Paul Rix

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:49 PM

Excellent article and images! Thanks for taking the time to write it.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:16 PM

I enjoyed your article very much. Way back when we used to have a lot of fun with very simple equipment and it's nice to see that spirit is still alive and well.

As a footnote; one thing I've found you can do with one of the small CCDs to enhance their capability is to take small mosaics. Taking images with a small color CCD is so easy that it doesn't take much effort to grab a set of four images and assemble a 2x2 mosaic and suddenly your little 640x480 camera can take some very nice 1024x768 fields.

Thanks again for a neat article.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:30 PM

Thanks Mike and Tom for posting the article :bow:

PhilipP Check out this webspage:


The mounting plate and dovetail clamp are the last two parts on the page.

Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone! I think I learned from all of you at some point along the way.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:01 PM

You can't take really good pictures like that without spending a million billion! What's wrong with you? :grin:

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:12 PM

I think less-expensive equipment just requires more patience. You can get some phenomenal results using a wide-field telescope and a DSLR camera. Once you get hooked, you can weigh the cost/benefit ratio of purchasing the higher-end stuff.

As one who has opted for the medium of the road, I love my Meade 10" LX200R. Sure, I'd like something larger (so I can image faster), but it's not a requirement.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:34 PM

I liked the article. I think we need more articles like this one considering the times we live in.

good job

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:59 AM

I inherited an ST-7E from a friend that wasn't using it anymore. Coupled with a Skyview Pro mounting without GOTO, but with dual axis drives, a Celestron 6" refractor, I shot this image of M82 first time out of the gate. Most of my imaging is for photometry so it does not have to be pretty, just usable. But still to get this, unguided, non-GOTO and with a tripod that is at 90% of carrying capacity is not to shabby!

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:31 PM

Nice article Mr. Wang. I am having fun with my Orion ST-80 Achromatic as well. I just did the Leo Trio and I'm very happy with it.

#12 Scott in NC

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 11:36 AM

Great article--thanks for sharing!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

Thanks for sharing . Great article.

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