Imaging Accessories

Astrophotography is an exciting and rewarding extension to the amateur astronomy hobby.
Modern digital imaging products allow the amateur astronomer to easily reach deeper into space, even from light polluted urban environments, and with much greater ease than in the past. The technology and cost of modern CCD cameras and autoguiders has reached a point where amateur astronomers with even modest budgets can achieve results that equal or exceed those of what professional astrophotgraphers were capable of only 25 years ago.

  • Autoguiders

    Autoguiders

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    Autoguiders work in conjunction with a telescope mount to keep a celestial object from drifting during a photographic exposure.

  • CCD Cameras

    CCD Cameras

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    CCD cameras are the ultimate tool for astrophotography, providing a greater dynamic range and less noise than most DSLR cameras.

  • Planetary Imaging Cameras

    Planetary Imaging Cameras

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    Planetary imagers are relatively inexpensive cameras that attach to your telescope like an eyepiece and work in concert with a PC via USB connection.

  • Camera Adapters

    Camera Adapters

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    Camera adapters are used to attach a CCD or DSLR camera directly to a telescope without using an eyepiece.

  • Camera Mounts

    Camera Mounts

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    Camera mounts are used in applications where the camera will use its own lens to capture and focus the image.

  • Extension Tubes and Spacer Rings

    Extension Tubes and Spacer Rings

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    Extension tubes and spacer rings are often required to reach focus or to achieve the proper spacing between a focal reducer and the image plane.

  • Filter Wheels

    Filter Wheels

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    Filter wheels are used in concert with monochromatic CCD cameras to achieve a composite color image.

  • Imaging Filters

    Imaging Filters

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    Imaging filters include both simple RGB filters for creating color composites using monchrome cameras and highly specialized narrow band filters for capturing detail in emission nebulae.

  • Focal Reducers

    Focal Reducers

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    Focal reducers are used in astrophotography to increase the effective field of view, reduce exposure time, and present a flat field to the camera sensor.

  • Focusing Accessories

    Focusing Accessories

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    Achieving a sharp focus is one of the more fundamental challenges faced by beginning astrohpotographer.

  • Guide Scopes

    Guide Scopes

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    Guide scopes are used with autoguiders to automatically compensate for minor tracking errors while imaging.

  • Guide Scope Rings

    Guide Scope Rings

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    Guide scope rings are used to mount a small refractor on top of or beside a larger optical tube in a parallel orientation.

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