Astrophotography - CCD Imaging
Located in southern Portugal, I am lucky to have frequent clear night
skies and relatively little light pollution. I started CCD Imaging in March
2003 when I acquired a second-hand Starlight Express MX5-C camera.
I subsequently obtained a Meade DSI. There are a lot of comments about this
camera on the 'web' my
comments are here and my first reasonable images are included in the
It has taken me some time to gain experience to the stage where I am
reasonably happy with my images. There is a lot to learn both in terms of
setting up the equipment, taking the exposures and processing the results.
I have tried to summarise my experiences with CCD photography as a
tutorial. The notes cover a basic description of how a
CCD camera works, how to set up the camera and telescope, and how to process
the images to get a satisfying result. I hope some of this may be of use
The gallery contains some examples of the images I
have obtained. I have included some of the earlier (poor) examples as
well as some of the more recent ones - I hope this demonstrates some
Finally, here is a summary of the equipment
currently in use.