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Astrophotography

We’re passionate about astrophotography, taking photos of solar system objects and distant galaxies, nebula, and supernovae. We will show you the ropes — from using a cellphone camera held to an eyepiece all the way to stacking long-exposure computer controlled multi-camera CCD and DSLR images and sophisticated post-processing techniques. Our photos are used in Aldrich outreach presentations and have been image of the day on various astronomy websites.

Total lunar eclipse of September 27, 2015 by AAS imager Bruce "Chuck" Card

Total lunar eclipse of September 27, 2015 by AAS imager Bruce “Chuck” Card

Learn from our Mentors

Astrophotography is a mix of art and photography and a most difficult hobby to master. Imagine trying to take a five minute or more exposure of a point source (star), and a very dim astronomy target such as a Galaxy or Nebula that is constantly moving because the earth you’re shooting from is constantly rotating. Or trying to capture the incredibly small details on the surface of a planet through an atmosphere that is constantly blurring your target. If you’re interested in learning any of the branches of Astrophotography (Deep Sky, Planetary, or Nightscape) from our Aldrich Astrophotography mentors please contact our Astrophotography group here.

Check out photographs below from our Astrophotographers

Galaxies

Here is a sample of some Galaxy photos our Astrophotographers have created with their own cameras and telescopes.

Star Clusters

Here is a sample of some Open and Globular Star Cluster photos our Astrophotographers have created with their own cameras and telescopes.

Nebula

Here is a sample of various Nebula photos our Astrophotographers have created with their own cameras and telescopes.

Solar System

Here is a sample of Lunar, Planetary, and Solar photos our Astrophotographers have created with their own cameras and telescopes. Some of the Solar photographs were taken with a Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope giving more detail to the photographs of our nearest star.

Comets

Here is a sample of various Comet photos our Astrophotographers have created with their own cameras and telescopes.

Nightscapes

These are wide field photographs of the night sky taken with mostly DSLR cameras. Some photos capture the Milky Way with some terrestrial target or cosmic events like meteor showers.

Composite Images

Composite images are basically an image that is a composite of multiple images. Sometimes simply combining numerous photos taken at different exposures and sometimes combining a terrestrial target with a astrophotography target.

Astrophotographer Observatories

Here are photos of the backyard Observatories and Imaging setups our Astrophotographers use when creating these beautiful photos.

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