Astrograph and CCD Camera Combinations

  • Gerald R. Hubbell
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


This chapter tackles the sometimes problematic, always challenging task of integrating the components of the astrograph, charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, and supporting components into a coherent whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. The knowledge gained from the past few chapters is used to weigh the various factors and calculate the precise details to integrate these components and maximize the performance of the Astronomical Imaging System (AIS). Doing this effectively fulfills observing program goals and makes the whole process easier. Learning how to do this successfully helps minimize the frustration and maximize the quality of the data obtained from the AIS. Two specific configurations are discussed in detail, outlining all the factors involved in designing the imaging train.


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Further Reading

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  8. Henden AA, Kaitchuck RH (1990) Astronomical photometry. Willmann-Bell, RichmondGoogle Scholar
  9. Howell SB (2006) Handbook of CCD astronomy. Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar
  10. Smith GH, Ceragioli R, Berry R (2012) Telescopes, eyepieces and astrographs. Willmann-Bell, RichmondGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Hubbell
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  1. 1.Locust GroveUSA

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