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The Basics of Astrophotography, Part III: USB Camera Planetary, Solar and Lunar Imaging

The presentation will give an introduction to USB camera based planetary, solar and lunar imaging. Amateurs realized the potential of digital video astronomy for 'Lucky Imaging' when the first simple PC webcams entered the consumer market. Quickly an ecosystem evolved, many individuals contributed and turned the devices made for web video chats into astronomical cameras. What followed was amazing software development also by amateurs and free for all that turned video clips into high quality planetary images. We are going to learn how the technology evolved into using industrial computer vision cameras and now dedicated high end cameras made for astronomy. The presentation will show how we as amateurs can produce planetary, lunar and solar images and time lapse animations of astounding quality.

Speaker: Gert Gootschalk

Friday, 10/19/18


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