As wonderful and engaging as Solar System imaging is, there's no doubt that most CAT owners interested in astrophotography eventually turn to the deep sky. Sure, hundreds of beautiful deep sky images from the Hubble and other professional observatories can be viewed online, but that's just not the same as looking at pictures of galaxies, nebulas, and clusters you've taken yourself. Your pictures may not be of Hubble quality—or as good as what many of your fellow amateurs are doing—but they are yours.
Before charging into the Great Out There on a quest to capture its beauty and mystery, it's necessary to decide how to do that: which kind of camera to buy and use. There are several alternatives, and the particular style of camera used will determine imaging procedure to some extent.
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Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.