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Deep Sky Imaging using a DSLR

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8:00 PM
Phillips Auditorium
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA  
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required
ATMoB Business Meeting and Al Takeda's Presentation

While the dedicated thermally electrically cooled (TEC) large sensor CCD camera is the instrument of choice for the professional and advanced astro-imager, the prices can be prohibitive for most astrophotographers. The alternative is the DSLR, which can double as a daytime and a nighttime astronomy camera. In this presentation, Al Takeda will discuss the DSLR camera’s ability to capture deep sky images. Topics will include the type of DSLR to choose, which lenses would work, adapters needed for a telescope, what targets to choose, the imaging session, and post processing of the images. 

Al Takeda is an astrophotographer employing advanced techniques in deep sky imaging. Using small aperture telescopes such as a 180 mm hyperbolic astrograph, a 92 mm apochromatic refractor and a 203 mm Schmidt-Cassegrain he has captured hydrogen alpha gas regions, planetary nebulas and galaxies. 

Al does branch out into meteor, comet, planetary, lunar and solar astrophotography. Most of his images are taken under light polluted suburban skies. 
He is a member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and has held the position of Secretary. He is the current newsletter editor and Member at Large. Al is the Manufacturing Manager at the acoustic-audio company, Listen, Inc. 

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at House of Chang, 282 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.