CCD Astrophotography: High Quality Imaging from the Suburbs by Adam Stuart

By Adam Stuart

This is a reference e-book for newbie astronomers who've develop into drawn to CCD imaging.

Those excellent astronomical pictures present in astronomy magazines may appear out of succeed in to beginners to CCD imaging, yet this isn't the case. nice images are possible with modest apparatus. Adam Stuart’s many attractive photos, reproduced during this ebook, attest to the standard of – first and foremost – a beginner’s efforts.

Chilled-chip astronomical CCD-cameras and software program also are fantastic instruments for slicing via doubtless impenetrable light-pollution. CCD Astrophotography from the Suburbs describes one man’s winning method of the matter of having high quality astronomical pictures below one of the most light-polluted stipulations.

Here is a whole and punctiliously validated software that would aid each CCD-beginner to paintings in the direction of electronic imaging of the very best quality. it truly is both valuable to astronomers who've ideal looking at stipulations, as to people who need to discover from light-polluted urban skies.

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The blue line is the transmission curve of the filter at 656 nm bandpass. ) CCD Astrophotography: High Quality Imaging from the Suburbs 44 Various filters are used for visual use or imaging use. An ND-96 moon filter (Meade Instrument Corporation) is used for contrast enhancement and reduction of moon glare. ). (see Fig. 26). ) are my main imaging filters (see Fig. 25-in. 2-cm) in size. ) (see Fig. 28). 25-in. 2-cm) filters and is made of aluminum and brass. All parts are black anodized and all surfaces are blackened to prevent infrared reflection.

7-µm on a side (1-µm = 1/1000-mm). The camera is fairly light, a mere 4-in. 3-in. (6-cm) wide. The CCD array is a Sony ICX085AL chip that has a spectral response curve typical of most amateur CCD chips: it peaks in the visible range (roughly 400–600-nm wavelengths) with some sensitivity in both tails (ultraviolet in the left tail, infrared in the right tail). Sensitivity in infrared (IR) (~700–900-nm wavelengths) is the reason that many imagers employ an IR-blocking filter when doing trichrome imaging with an achromatic refractor.

An ideal QE of 100% would mean that the conversion of photons to electrons was complete. The QE of the Sony chip in the Starlight Xpress HX916 camera peaks at 48% in the green. Depending on local imaging conditions, matching dark frames are rarely needed, but a bias frame is recommended. Both types of images are discussed later. Matching a CCD camera to a telescope is important in order to optimize the resolution that your optics can deliver. You still need to take into account your local seeing conditions.

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