ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY


Astrophotography is the process of taking images of the skies images of objects such as stars, galaxies, moons, planets, etc. There are three main types of astrophotography: scenic, planetary, and deep sky. I was really interested in this concept because I find these images breathtaking, they almost seem to be elaborate paintings, that could never be real. It amazes me that these images are from actual objects in our sky. The following links are web pages that I looked at and reviewed for content.

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Astroimaging
By: Michael E. Bakich
http://www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/Astroimaging/2004/07/Astrophotography.aspx
Date Read: December 1, 2012
Audience: All
Brief Description: This web page is from the website for a magazine called "Astronomy." The article goes over how to use the camera. The feild of view of the lens that gives you the most in an image. The type of film you should use wheather it be black and white or color. Also it discusses the ways you should process this film.
Overall Review: This page is packed with useful information about the image process of astrophography and how to best get the image you are looking for.
Entry Added By: C. Apedaile, Fall 2012.

Astrophotography
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/astrophotography
Date Read: December 1, 2012
Audience: All
Brief Description: This page is from a website for a magazine called "Sky and Telescope." This page connects you to several articles that give lots of information on astrophograpghy ranging from camera usage to deep sky imaging.
Overall Review: This page is great for all audiences because it allows the viewer to choose from several topics that they find interesting.
Entry Added By: C. Apedaile, Fall 2012.
Astrophotography for Amatuers
By: Oliver Thizy
http://www.galaxyphoto.com/thizy.html
Date Read: December 3, 2012
Audience: Middle School and above.
Brief Description: This page is a for amatuers by an amature. This is not a bad thing. Even though the author is an amature he does know what he is talking about and he explains in a way that anyone could understand. He discusses some things that the other web pages do not, such as; tracking, storing, correcting and filters. It is also set up in a basic manner so that it is easy to read. There are also no advertisments so you can focus on the texts.
Overall Review: This is an easy to navigate, easy to read, informational page.
Entry Added By: C. Apedaile, Fall 2012.

Digital Camera Modifications and Convertions
By: Spencers Camera
http://www.spencerscamera.com/astrophotography.cfm?gclid=CKmc5aWr-LMCFQkFnQod9EUAVQ
Date Read: December 4, 2012
Audience: All, but recomended for those interested in all types of photography.
Brief Description: This page is from a website that sells al kinds of cameras, filters and other accessories. The page talks about, and shows you, the different types of cameras and filters that are useful for taking deep sky pictures. Though the page is not necessarily an educational page it is useful for those who want to get started in astrophotography.
Overall Review: This is a good page for advice on the right equipment.
Entry Added By: C. Apedaile, Fall 2012.

How To: Astrophotography 101
By: Paul Lefevre
http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2008/12/how-to-astrophotography-101
Date of Last Edit: December 16, 2008
Date Read: November 30, 2012
Audience: High school and above.
Brief Description: This web page briefly describes what astrophotography is and continues to gie tips on two techniques used in astrophotography. The galary of pictures is small but interesting. I asume this is a sponsored sight because there are alot of ads on the page as well and they may be a little distracting.
Overall Review: This webpage is easy to use and has useful information that can be used by the above audience.
Entry Added By: C. Apedaile, Fall 2012.

Catching the Light, Astrophotography
By: Jerry Lodriguss
http://www.astropix.com/
Date read: 3/30/07
Audience: everyone from children to professionals
Brief Description: This web page has both pictures and "how to" guides. There are thumbnails to chose from of pictures of numerous astrological objects and styles of astrophotography. Under all the pictures is a description of the image as well as a breakdown of date, location, equipment and settings. The images are catorgerized and listed in both thumbnail form and text only list form, this makes it very easy to find specific images. There is also a guide on how to do your own astrophotography, it is very extensive. There is a blog section which is constantly updated with new pictures and stories. There are also links to a weather page and people's stories.
Overall Review: This web page is very impressive, I think it has something for everyone, Pictures for those who don't need all the details, and extensive details for the curious and fellow professionals.


Chuck's Astrophoto Page
http://astrophotography.aa6g.org/
Date Read: 4/15/07
Audience: anyone
Brief Description: This web page is made up of just thumbnails of different Astrophotographs that were taken by "chuck". The images are seperated into their apporpiate categories: diffuse nebulas, diffuse nebulas in H-alpha, star clusters, galaxies, other objects. There is also a table of text links to older pictures at the bottom of the page. Some of the links don't work exactly right, but overall it is functional. The images are beautiful and large, with descriptions for each image about location and equipment used. There is one really interesting aspect to this site that I haven't seen before, is a gray scale at the top of the page to check your monitor's color scale, so you can see the images as they are intended to be seen.
Overall Review: I think this is a great page for someone who would just like to see some really interesting images.


Galaxy Photography and Digital Imaging
Astro images by: Jason Ware
//http://www.galaxyphoto.com/////
Date Read: 5/13/07
Audience: anyone
Brief Description: This web page was a collection of a astrophotographers images, I believe that Galaxy Photography is a company that he owns. There are thumbnails to images that are seperated into appropiate categorties. There are also links to a service that his company does of image enhancement for other people's astro images. There is also a place where you can order pictures of his images. There is a page of related articles and a page for contact information.
Overall Review: This page has some really great images, and I think that people who are interested in astrophotography would enjoy the images, and the option of ordering their favorite images.

Starmatt Astrophotography
By: Matt BenDaniel
http://starmatt.com/
Date Read: 5/14/07
Audience: anyone
Brief Description: This web page home page has a bunch of thumbnails with links to more images in specific categories such as Nebulae, wide field, solar system, star trails, star clusters, remnants, and galaxies. All the images have a description at the bottom with information on location, equipment and settings. There are links to a page where you can order prints of images, and a link to a page called SLOOH, which is a live sky cam. There is a contact page, and article page, a link page to other useful pages, and a site map.
Overall Review: This site is pretty good, it has some nice images and is very nicely organized, and it gives some tips in the articles page.

Russell Croman Astrophotography: Fine Photographs of Celestial Wonders
-This page contains tons of professional photographs from an award winning astrophotographer, Russell Croman.
http://www.rc-astro.com/
Author: Russell Croman
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009
Intended Audience: Amateur/ General Public
Useful for: Students/ Teachers/ Anyone Interested
Summary: This is a really cool, full website. It is easy to navigate and set up with all of the tabs on the left side of the page. There are six main categories including latest, popular, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, and solar system. Each thumbnail increases into a larger image with a complete description of technical data beneath it. Also on this website is a page about the photographer (Russell Croman), a page full of images that have been published, a resource page, a page full of categorized slide shows, and a page where you can purchase prints for yourself. The images on this website are amazing.
Opinion: I love this website. If you are looking for photographs for a project, Croman has got it all.
Entry Added By: Liz Fordahl Spring 2009

Michael Koppelman's Astrophotography
-This page contains 31 different astrophotos.
http://www.lolife.com/astrophotos/
Author: Michael Koppelman
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009
Intended Audience: Amateur/ General Public
Useful for: Students/ Teachers/ Anyone Interested
Summary: This webpage is relatively basic. It is like an astro-image index. It is set up like a giant chart with header categories including name, designation, optics, date, and size. Each image title is clickable and leads to you a larger, individual image. There are 31 total entries of different space objects on this page. Below everything else, there are three links: one for blog, one for Koppelman's main astronomy website (observatory information), and one for music mp3 links.
Opinion: I think this is a relatively useful webpage. It has a decent selection of images, however, there is not a very wide variety in terms of main categories (ie: galaxies, planets, clusters, etc.) If you are looking for nebula images, this is a good source to go to because roughly half taken are of nebulas.
Entry Added By: Liz Fordahl Spring 2009
Page Editor: Candice Apedaile