There clearly are more and more questions posted on this forum asking for help for the basics of EAA as more people seem to be joining our ranks. While there is lots of good advice available here from so many experienced individuals, that information is not in a single place that is easy to reference. I have been thinking for several years that I would like to write a book with all of the basic information needed to get started in EAA and have been collecting information to that end. But writing a book is a major undertaking which I haven't had the time to do just yet. So, I decided to use my web site to post Blogs from time to time on different aspects of EAA that I think will be helpful to beginners. I do not claim to be the expert on this forum and do not expect to replace the expertise available here. Rather I want to supplement that information by putting basic information in a single place for easy reference. I think that with more than 10 years at EAA and having contributed to this forum over the same, that I am now able to share enough information in a systematic way to help the beginner.
So far I have written and posted 3 separate blogs:
1. Analog or Digital Camera - I realize that most of us have moved on from analog cameras to digital with the recent wave of great CMOS cameras. And I recommend that anyone with a future or current interest in astrophotography skip analog and move directly to digital. However, there are some good reasons to go with an analog camera and I outline the considerations in this blog from October.
2. Choosing a Mount for EAA - Just like in astrophotography, I believe that the mount is the first piece of equipment to consider for EAA in most every case. There certainly are a lot of options which I hope I was able to break down into a helpful discussion. I posted this one in early December so scroll down to find the Mount article
3. Choosing a Telescope for EAA - With so many telescope types and models available this can be daunting for a beginner. This one took even longer to pull together than the write up on mounts.
I will add blogs in this series on EAA once or twice a month so please check back from time to time. I will post here when I do. The next one will cover choosing a camera for EAA which is another huge topic. Subsequent ones will include Essential Accessories, Software, Live Stacking, Focal Reduction and so on.
I hope that beginners will take advantage of my efforts and I would appreciate any feedback they have to make my write-ups more helpful.
I would also like the experienced EAA'rs on this site to take a look at what I write and provide feedback. Since I do not have hands on experience with every mount, telescope, camera, etc. I most certainly will have missed some important things. Your hands on experience in areas different than mind will allow me to provide a better viewpoint where necessary. Hopefully I have not made any major mistakes but will correct any if pointed out.
Please keep in mind that you have to scroll down in the blogs for each month as there may be more than one entry for each month.
Edited by CA Curtis 17, 03 January 2021 - 05:14 PM.