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ANDY'S ASTRONOMY PAGE

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This page is a resource of information for astronomy, astrophotography and general information of what's visible in the skies. This page will be updated frequently, so visit often. Please feel free to e-mail me any comments, suggestions, or ideas to help make this page more informative or appealing.

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ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO GALLERIES

Click on thumbnail images below to view each gallery.


Aurora
Auroras



Comet Hyakutake
Comet Hyakutake



Comet Hale-Bopp
Comet Hale-Bopp



Constellations
Constellations



Deep Sky Objects
Deep Sky Objects



The Moon
The Moon



Misc Astronomical Events/Launches
Misc Astronomical Events/Launches



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EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR SIMPLE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY


1. A SLR camera suitable for astrophotography

2. A good quality shutter release cable

3. A variety of lens ie. 20mm, 50-70mm, 100-150mm

4. A sturdy camera tripod for short exposures or taking pictures of star trails

5. A small equatorial mount with a clock drive or a "barn-door tracker", to prevent trailing when taking long exposures

6. A log book to record all your picture-taking parameters.


It usually takes practice and experience to produce good quality astro-pictures. Sometimes, things just don't go smoothly. Read about the trials and tribulations of my friend Philip Neidlinger and several of his astronomy buddies in his article "Things to Remember for the Would Be Astrophotographer". Now, go out and give it a try.

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SO YOU WANT TO BUY A TELESCOPE


I have had numerous inquiries concerning "What would be the best "first telescope" to buy?"

My opinions and suggestions to the beginner are as follows:

1. Avoid department store telescopes if you plan to get serious with the hobby of astronomy.
2. Join an astronomy club.
3. Learn the sky and use binoculars first.
4. Use and look through various scopes at astronomy club observing sessions.
5. Decide whether you are going to use your scope for visual use only or if you will use it for visual and astrophotography use.
6. Larger aperture scopes will perform better than smaller aperture scopes. If you are serious about the hobby, get the largest aperture scope that you can afford, comfortably move, transport in your car, and set up in only a few minutes. If a scope is too difficult to move and set up, more than likely it will not be used.
7. Don't buy on impulse.

Check out these links to do your homework before making your purchase.

Information for the Beginning Astronomer

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WHAT'S UP IN THE SKY?


Abrams Planetarium "Skywatcher's Diary"

Heavens Above Satellite Visability

Sky View Cafe - Star Charts and Ephemeris

Your Sky Sky Map

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SPACE EXPLORATION MISSIONS


Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan

Deep Impact - Comet Tempel 1

Genesis - Search for Origins

Mars Exploration Rover Mission

NASA Human Space Flight

NASA TV

SOHO - Exploring the Sun

Stardust - Comet Encounter and Sample Collection

Voyager 1 and 2 - Adventurers in Deep Space

2001 Mars Odyssey


Click on the Above Links for the Latest News

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Mars Exploration Rover-2003 Mission Participation Certificate Presented to Andrew J. Blackburn

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OTHER FEATURES


Andy's Astronomy Humor Page

Andy's Favorite Astronomy Links

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Notice: All photographs and text are copyrighted by Andy Blackburn. They may not be reproduced, published, copied or transmitted in any form, including electronically on the Internet or World Wide Web, without written permission of the author. All rights reserved.
1996 - 2011 Andy Blackburn


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ANDY'S ASTRONOMY PAGE / Andy Blackburn / andy@g-net.net / Updated January 1, 2011