by Gary Honis

My attempts at astrophotography began in 1989 from a desire to capture colors of celestial objects not seen visually at the eyepiece. The first telescope I used was an 8 inch Meade LX-3 Schmidt-Cassegrain. This was later replaced by a Meade 10 inch LX-200 telescope. Film Cameras I used were the Olympus OM-4T and OM-1. I also experimented with a Quickcam VC, a cooled Greyscale Quickcam that I built and the Olympus C2000Z and C2020Z digital cameras for astro imaging that I also used with my 20 inch Starmaster. In 2003, I began imaging with a Canon 10D digital SLR camera and in 2004 with a 300D Canon Digital Rebel that I modified for astro-imaging. Presently I am imaging with later models of the Canon Digital Rebel camera that I have also modified for astro-imaging using a 5" Triplet Refractor, 20" Starmaster Dob and a 6" Ritchey–Chrétien. CLICK HERE for a free 2014 Moon Phase Calendar.

Astrophotography and amateur astronomy are adversely affected by light pollution. If you are an amateur astronomer, please get involved by becoming a member of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).
 

I provide a DSLR Modification service and can convert your Canon XSi (450D), XS (1000D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T4i (650D) and T5i (700D) for astro-imaging or infrared photography. New modified cameras also sold. CLICK HERE

Detailed procedure for Modifying Canon Rebel XSi (450D), XS (1000D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T4i (650D) and T5i (700D) for astro-imaging or infrared photography by IR Filter Replacement CLICK HERE

Wireless Remote Control System for Starmaster Telescopes with GOTO Skytracker CLICK HERE

Click here for gallery of Modified Canon 450D (XSi) DSLR astro images.

. Peltier Cooling System for 44 degree Fahrenhiet cooling of Modified Canon Rebel XSi (450D) CLICK HERE

Detailed Procedure for Modifying Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HD Webcam for Telescope Use & Infrared Imaging

Detailed procedure for Modifying Canon Digital Rebel (300D) for astro-imaging by IR Filter Replacement and Peltier Cooling CLICK HERE.

Click here for gallery of Modified Canon 300D Digital Rebel astro images.

Detailed Procedure for modifying Logitech Pro 9000 Webcam for Astro Imaging- Modified Pro 9000 for planets, Moon and Sun.

Detailed Procedure for modifying Logitech Fusion Webcam modified for Astro Imaging- Modified Fusion compared to Philips Toucam for planets, Moon and Sun.

Gary's Motorized Big Binochair- Detailed instructions for buidling a drill-powered binocular observing chair.

NEW Build a 3-Channel Dew Controller- Detailed instructions for buidling a 12 V 3-Channel Dew Controller.

Canon 10D Digital SLR:

Click here for gallery of Canon 10D Digital SLR astro images.

Deep sky images taken with Canon 10D and 20 inch Starmaster,10 inch LX200 and Orion ED80 scopes can be seen HERE.

MARS 2003:

Mars images & animation taken with Olympus C2020Z, Canon 10D and Philips Toucam Pro and 20 Inch Starmaster can be seen HERE.

Digital Cameras C2000Z and C2020Z:

Click here for gallery of Olympus digital camera deep sky images.

For an 8 part series on digital camera imaging along with planetary and deep sky images taken with Olympus C2000Z and C2020Z digital cameras select C2020Z.

Astrophotographs - Olympus OM-1 and OM-4T Cameras:

Quickcam VC and Peltier Cooled Greyscale Quickcam Imager:

For my Quickcam VC results and Cooled Greyscale Project select Quickcam. For Comet Linear S4 Images & Animations Click Here

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