A Brief Introduction to Astrophotography and Image Manipulation
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On the face of things, photographing any astronomical object seems to be a daunting task. Most of the objects are faint or small, and the average astronomers list of photographic equipment could be limited. Although this may have been true in the past, today’s amateur observers have access to fantastic equipment at reasonable prices, equipment that can grab faint details and reveal deep sky objects in just a few seconds of exposure. In the last 20 years, the digital revolution has changed astronomical imaging forever. Digital SLR cameras, CCD cameras and webcams now provide the user with opportunities that previous generations could only dream of.