Introduction to Astro-Imaging

Keith_JerryIntroduction to Astro-Imaging, by Jerry Gardner

Abstract:

This intensive program is designed to introduce the tools and techniques necessary to help you become a successful Astroimager.  During our daytime lecture and evening imaging sessions, you will learn how digital images are created, the equipment used for gathering astro images, and the many types of targets that may be of interest to you. 

During the evening sessions, you will have an opportunity to see a live demonstration.

Syllabus:

Afternoon session (1.5 hours)

Monday, April 29, 2019, (time TBA)

  1. Introduction – DSLR Advantages/Disadvantages
  2. Digital Cameras – DSLR vs. CCD
  3. DSLR data acquisition
  4. Data reduction – Calibration, Filters, Dithering and Noise
  5. Mount and Scope selection
  6. Targets and Techniques – wide field, lunar/planetary, solar, eclipses, deep sky objects
  7. How to create color images
  8. How to create narrowband images
  9. Continuing Education – Informational groups and peer assistance

(Nightscape photography is not covered)

Monday, Tuesday 10PM-1AM

Evening session (approximately 2-3 hours)

Monday, Tuesday 10PM-1AM

This unique session will include an actual image acquisition demonstration with an explanation of the necessary steps for gathering a successful image.

Prerequisites:

Only general knowledge of astronomy and telescopes is needed.