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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Jul 9, 2011 13:58:20 GMT -6
Hi Peety. A few months ago Chicago Astronomer Tom asked the same question, and I recommended to him astrophotography classes at Conway Observatory in Lowell, Indiana. He's been making the hour drive from Chicago the last 6 weeks now, and has posted summaries of each week's class in the astrophotography section. The classes are instructed by Calumet Astronomical Society's Chris Brownewell. I don't know yet if another class will be conducted later this year, but it might be helpful to look over the threads Tom has posted from his sessions.
The information line is 219-945-0543. Or 219-769-7275.
At this session while at Adler, I was running an inexpensive Meade CCD webcam to my laptop, allowing many visitors to view Saturn at once, and eliminating the need for anybody but me to handle the telescope. I did not record any video of that session, but here is an earlier Saturn vid.
These are just some things to think about. Today's technology allows a wide variety of AP methods, and many kinds of cameras, from cheap point-and-shoot, to DSLR, webcams, or CCDs can be employed for different kinds of pictures. Once you have a better idea of what kind of AP you'd like to try, maybe experienced Chicago Astronomers can offer better advice, or you could blaze a trail that none of the members has tried before!