With a desire to promote astrophotography I have set up a Facebook group called Astronomy Imaging UK to not only showcase what is possible from “backyard observatories” but also explain “how” it was achieved.
Having recently setup my own observatory, I will over the months to come be adding an astro-blog together with guides and tutorials then eventually, I will be running some practical workshops.
Please check the Tutorials area for the current selection of completed guides.
Stephen Bowden FRAS
STEM Ambassador for Royal Astronomical Society
Above is a photo of the MIG headquarters
SkyWatcher Equinox ED120 refractor with Moonlite dual speed focuser mod
William Optics Zenithstar 73 refractor + dedicated Full Frame field flattener
SkyWatcher Traveller 80mm refractor
Short tube 50mm guidescope (120mm focal length) + StarAid
HP Elitedesk mini pc with Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox providing full Remote control over a MESH network
NEQ6 Pro mount on a fixed pier under computer control using Cartes du Ciel
Canon 5DmkIII (unmodded for widefield imaging)
Canon 6D (astromodified) + 2″ CLS-CCD filter
Canon 60D (astromodified) + CLS clip filter
ZWO ASI178MC (CMOS for planetary, guiding and some deep sky)
Maxview Scopetronix DSLR (x2 – one for 2″ the other 1.25″ for eyepiece projection and serious closeups)
2″ IKharos combined focal reducer and field flattener (cropped sensor)
Visual observation using Baader Hyperion zoom 8-24mm (and 2.5x Barlow) + assortment of eyepieces barlows
IP camera for realtime observation
Asus ZenWiFi XT8 with 2 addition nodes providing full coverage of about 1/2 acre on 2.4GHz and 5GHz
32″ HP Envy all-in-one pc with 6 monitors running Windows 10 Professional
Windows Remote Desktop using Cartes du Ciel, CCD Ciel, Backyard EOS and Sharpcap
Image processing using Adobe Photoshop, ImagesPlus and Astro Art (also considering StarTools and APP)