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The best way to get your feet wet in the brave new world of astro-imaging is with a DSLR camera, tripod and a wide angle lens. In doing so, you learn about exposures, image processing and what a rotating planet (to which you and your camera are attached) does to an imaging sensor collecting photons. You also understand how to deal with nasty things like sky glow, image noise and gradients. You learn to appreciate a dark sky, far from the interfering lights of the city.

I started out with star trails, vistas of our home galaxy shining above, multiple long exposures to capture fleeting meteors and conjunctions of our solar system neighbors in the dawn or dusk sky. As my experience with Photoshop grew, I began to incorporate HDR images of terrestrial foregrounds with the moon, planets or the Milky Way gracing the sky above them. Learning these valuable lessons in basic photography was a big help when I dove into the intricacies of imaging with a properly aligned and guided equatorial mount with a long focal length telescope and camera in tow.

Get out there and open your sensor to the wheel in the sky!

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