First and foremost, here is my internationally recognized, critically acclaimed, world famous Astrophotography Cookbook, completely revised and updated to version 2.0 on 6/6/06. This 30+ page document describes the planning, acquisition, and processing phases of my astrophotography process in exquisite detail.
Included is a complete tutorial for processing DSLR images in IRIS, an amazingly powerful, completely free program for astronomical image processing.
In addition, here are some interesting technical analyses I've written over the years:
- Imaging with a DSLR and not sure what ISO setting to use? Then you'll definitely want to check out my detailed noise analysis of the Canon Digital Rebel , the conclusions of which are being used to drive my ISO and Exposure Length decisions going forward.
- Imaging through a scope with a secondary mirror? You'll want to read my Guide Scope versus Off-Axis Guider comparison.
- Looking for a Focal Reducer for your Orion ED80 or equivalent? Then be sure to read my ED80 Focal Reducer Shootout — the results are surprising!
- Icky-looking vertical or horizontal "pattern noise" (i.e., "checkerboard noise") in your DSLR images? Me too! Check out this analysis of the pattern noise of my Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) as compared to my Canon Digital Rebel (300D).
- Interested in a camera lens for widefield shots? Check out some my "first light" test shots with a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
Miscellaneous Items of Interest
Animations your thing? Check out:
A bright supernova occurred in NGC 6946 just 6 days after my image was taken! See my image for details.