Welcome to A Starguy's Adventures in Astrophotography

I've been a skywatcher all my life.

Like a lot of kids, I had a telescope but, like too many of those kids, I had a lousy telescope. It didn't dampen my enthusiasm for space and space exploration but it did turn me off of using a telescope.

In my late 20s, I got another telescope but it wasn't much better than what I had as a kid. But I was more patient and took that terrible little thrift store scope about as far as I could. When I saw the rings of Saturn, I was hooked.

A few months later, I got what I thought was a better telescope. It wasn't really but at least this one had glass eyepieces rather than acrylic. And Saturn looked better.

It would be a few more years before I got access to a really good telescope through my workplace at a planetarium.  After that, I built my own 10" telescope under the tutelage of the late John Dobson.

As much as I loved that scope (and I still do), it wasn't really set up for astrophotography. I tried taking pictures with the scopes that were available at my new place of work, another planetarium where I served as director for nearly 20 years.

Eventually, I lucked into a really nice telescope on a German equatorial mount that I use today.

This blog isn't going to be a comprehensive guide to astrophotography but will show my journey from the first barely recognizable images to some that I think are pretty good.

Please comment on what you see if you have questions or advice!


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