Author Archives: Jerry Lodriguss

Jerry Lodriguss

About Jerry Lodriguss

Jerry Lodriguss has been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer since 1972. He worked professionally for more than 30 years as a photojournalist and sports photographer. Today, Jerry is an author, photographer and contributing editor to Sky and Telescope magazine. Check out Jerry's images and astrophotography at http://www.astropix.com.

Experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse

Lots of folks are getting ready for what should be one of the most memorable astronomical experiences of their lifetimes — the total solar eclipse of August 21st. Seasoned eclipse chasers have described the view of the ethereal delicate solar corona surrounding the black hole caused by the Moon as “The Eye of God.” If…

Linear vs. Stretched Images

When shooting with digital cameras, images will appear very dark and low-contrast. This is true with daytime photographs as well as long-exposure deep-sky images. That’s because raw data is linear. To make details visible, we must apply a non-linear transformation and s – t – r – e – t – c – h the…

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…