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Tag Archive: Night Sky in Focus


A few months ago, an editor from Harper Collins Publishers requested permission to use my photo that shows how to connect a DSLR to a telescope. I granted them permission to use the photo for free, and as a token of thanks, they sent me two copies of their book. Thanks, Harper Collins!

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Stargazing, Beginners Guide to Astronomy, written by astronomers from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich: Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss.

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My photo showing an expanded view of a DSLR with T-ring and T-adapter is featured on page 79.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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About a year ago (November 2011), I started constructing a home-built autoguider, a setup astrophotographers use in imaging galaxies, nebula, and many other deep-space stuff. The setup is no different from what is used by observatories world wide, except that this one was built entirely from scratch. Feel free to browse the details of the project here.

A home-built autoguider setup showing the key components: (1) imaging telescope, (2) imaging camera, (3) guidescope, (4) guide camera, (5) tracking mount, and (6) a computer.

This part of the DIY guide focuses on the actual guiding operation and the drift-alignment method for precise polar alignment. We begin by first assembling the telescope along with the guidescope. We also attach the imaging and the guiding cameras and connect all the necessary cables leading to and from the computer.

Screenshot during actual guiding operation

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Are you a student simply fascinated with astronomy? Or perhaps a parent wanting to expose your child to this wonderful hobby? Maybe a teacher who would like to introduce the planets and the constellations to your students? You, too, can join! Astronomy is for everyone! If you are an astronomy enthusiast, then perhaps I can help you.

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Take a look at our previous observations. Clear skies!

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For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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