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  • telescopes
  • spotting scopes
  • digital cameras
  • digiscoping
  • astrophotography

1. Introduction to Astrophotography

Observing the wonders of nature with a spotting scope or telescope is fun and exciting, but taking a picture of what you see in a spotting scope or telescope allows you to enjoy it over and over again. Astrophotography with a telescope, whether reflector, refractor, Maksutov or Schmidt-Cassegrain, is often a simple matter of adding an SLR or CCD camera to the telescope with the appropriate adapters . You can even view images on a TV or camcorder by using an electronic eyepiece. For many spotting scopes, adding an SLR camera is just a matter of an adapter and the appropriate t-ring. Currently, however, the most popular form of photography with a spotting scope is digiscoping.

Astrophotography and Digiscoping Basics