Imaging

DIY Solar Seeing Monitor

DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor (SSSM)

In this post, I’ll provide a step-by-step guide to building an inexpensive Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor. The SSSM is a handy device which monitors the atmospheric seeing conditions during solar imaging. This SSSM can be built for a fraction of the cost of commercially available devices. You can use the SSSM to monitor seeing conditions through the day, …

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Basics Part 1: Understanding Aperture, Focal Length and Focal Ratios

Questions about the best choice of equipment for astro-imaging come up quite frequently. In this first of a series of posts, I will start by explaining the basics of aperture, focal length focal ratios. These troublesome topics cause many beginning imagers to jump to mistaken conclusions. If you bear with me you’ll find out how …

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How to Interpret an Image Histogram

The histogram is probably the most important tool available in any astro-imaging application, both for capturing images and for processing them once captured. For those just starting out in astrophotography, the histogram is also one of the simplest but most frequently misunderstood tools. In this short guide will explain the histogram; both what it means and …

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Imaging Toolbox Updates July 2013

A new update to the Imaging Toolbox has just been released with several great new features, including: Create, name and display multiple reticules simultaneously to compare the fields of view of different camera and telescope / lens combinations. Great for evaluating prospective investments in new equipment! Arrange multiple reticules by panning them horizontally and vertically. …

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