Taking Astronomy Photographs with the Orion XT10
Astrophotography with the Orion XT10
This section of the site contains pictures and info discussing astrophotography techniques, and various Internet links I found regarding this subject for the XT10, although some are provided below already for your reference.
At this stage in my astrophotography its fair to say that I am an amateur! Please don't expect to see any amazingly beautiful pictures because these are my very early days, and I'm still learning a lot about the topic.
My guess however, is that you are visiting my site because you are weighing up the pros and cons, and are probably considering getting an XT10, or one of the Orion Skyquest XT range, or some other make of Dobsonian. Am I right? In which case you want to see what the Orion XT10 is capable of doing with a basic setup and low cost accessories.
Many people say that a dobsonian mounted telescope is incapable of producing quality photos because there is no equatorial tracking. Well I'm going to give it my best shot, and see what can be done despite this fact.
Objects such as planets and the moon should be satisfactory because they are bright enough to expose basic hand-held digital cameras, and webcams. The problems come with dimmer objects like nebulas and galaxies which require much longer exposures, and I think its unlikely that I will be able to produce any such images unless I can make the telescope track the object being imaged. Update: Success on the Orion Nebula - see below.
Anyway, I hope to build this part of the web site over time, and have started by creating a section based on my "beginner" shots of the Moon, and then some of the other planets as I progress.