Equipment

Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph

1 June 2016 Ade Ashford

Celestron’s 280mm (11-inch) aperture f/2.2 Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA) is capable of blisteringly fast photographic speeds, capturing images of nebulae and galaxies in seconds. An imaging system optimised for virtually any one-shot colour CCD or DSLR in existence, Ade Ashford appraises this photon-grabbing wonder in the context of evolving optical systems.

Equipment

Celestron Ultima Duo eyepieces

5 September 2015 Steve Ringwood

While a vast body of space imagery lies just an internet click away, nothing compares to seeing an astronomical object in the eyepiece. But it is only natural that one should wish to capture such views with a camera. Steve Ringwood investigates Celestron’s ingenious Ultima Duo hybrid eyepieces intended to combine your visual and photographic needs in one package.

Observing

Photographing Pluto from the UK

19 July 2015 Ade Ashford

Did you use our observing guide to view or image Pluto? Following New Horizons’ historic flyby, one budding astrophotographer living in a light-polluted UK town fulfils a long-time ambition to capture Pluto for himself.

Equipment

Baader Nano Tracker

17 January 2015 Steve Ringwood

Would you like to photograph Comet Lovejoy but don’t have a driven telescope mount? Now you can capture long-exposure wide-angle scenes with a DSLR camera using Baader’s diminutive yet fully-featured Nano Tracker.