Astro Photography by Mary McIntyre


The February 2017 meeting presentation by Mary McIntyre, her second talk on Astro Photography, covered quite a lot of detail. Mary has kindly written up some notes from this session. Click on the links at the bottom of the each of the following sections.   

Photographing The Night Sky: An Introduction to Astrophotography

  • Basic equipment you need
  • Get familiar with your camera
  • Settings
  • Rough guide
  • Shooting the photos
  • shooting the constellations
  • Shooting Conjunctions
  • Shooting The Milky Way
  • Shooting Star Trails
  • Shooting Satellites
  • Shooting Meteors
  • Shooting Aurora
  • Shooting Noctilucent Clouds
  • Optical Phenomena
  • Solar Optical Phenomena
  • Shooting Lightning
  • Shooting With a Zoom Lens
  • Shooting With a Bridge Camera
  • Tips for using a Nikkon Coolpix (from David Blanchflower)
  • Tips for using a Canon SX50 (from Angela Garrod)
  • Tips for using a Lumix (from Dr. Steve Wainright)
  • Shooting With Camera Attached to Telescope
  • Afocal Photography
  • Eyepiece Projection
  • Prime Focus Photography
  • Prime Focus Lunar Photography
  • Prime Focus Solar Photography
  • Shooting Solar Images
  • Prime Focus Deep Sky Photography
  • Stacking (Registax & Autostakkert and Deep Sky Stacker)
  • Calibration Frames
  • Basic Processing
  • Basic Processing; What Do I Need To Do?
  • Advanced Processing
  • Other powerful image processing programmes
  • Planetary Imaging With a DSLR
  • Storage/Sharing
  • To contact Mary

Click here for the Document Download


Improve Your Astrophotography Summary Notes

These notes will talk you through how to get started with image stacking and then onto basic Photoshop processing Image stacking is the process used to layer multiple images of the same thing on top of each other using computer software. This increases the signal to noise ratio and will allow you to build up much longer total exposure time which will bring out much more detail than you’ll get in one image

  • Shooting the photos
  • Calibration Frames
  • Image Stacking
  • Autostakkert! 2 Basics
  • Stacking Solar/Lunar Images
  • Stacking Planetary Images
  • Registax 6 for RGB Realignment & Wavelet Sharpening
  • Deep Sky Stacker Basics:
  • Basic Photoshop Processing
  • Levels and Curve Adjustments
  • RC Astrotools
  • Using a Layer Mask
  • Other Image Processing Software
  • Software Downloads
  • Further Reading
  • To contact Mary

Click here for the Document Download

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