Lunar and Planetary Imaging

Not only is Solar System imaging an absorbing field in its own right; it's a good way to get started in astrophotography. Not everything learned by taking pictures of the planets is applicable to the deep sky, but it will allow a new astrophotographer to get a feel for basic equipment set up and techniques. One nice thing about Solar System work is that there's no need for exacting polar alignment—or polar alignment at all. A Meade or Celestron fork mount in alt-azimuth mode will do fine. The best thing for beginners, though? Planetary cameras are cheap, and so is the software needed to run them.

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