Astrophotography with Jerry Lodriguss

S&T contributing editor Jerry Lodriguss covers all aspects of astrophotography for beginner, intermediate, and advanced imagers. Look for tips and techniques on image acquisition and processing for scenic, long-exposure deep-sky, and high resolution planetary imaging of the Sun, Moon, and planets. Lodriguss will cover hardware and software recommendations and news about the hobby as well.

The Trapezium, Theta Orionis, is located at the very heart of M42, the Orion Nebula. The four brightest stars in the Trapezium (A, B, C, and D) are easily visible in any telescope, though two fainter stars (E and F) require moderately sized amateur instruments and good seeing. 
On a night of poor seeing, a total of 2,979 frames were stacked and sharpened in AutoStakkert!2 to produce this image taken with a Celestron C11 Edge and a Canon T2i (550D) recording video in Movie Crop Mode.

Shooting Doubles

Photographing double stars is easy and can be done with most any telescope. Chances are you may already have the tools to do it today.

iPhone Moon

Picture Perfect: Getting Started in Astrophotography

Few amateurs have looked through a telescope and not imagined what it would be like to take a photo of the target in the eyepiece. I know I did when I got my first telescope. But back then, astrophotography was practically a black art: 35mm film was the only medium of choice, and it required…