Taking images through your telescope has never been easier. What used to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive is now accessible to people who've never used a telescope before. Getting started in taking pictures of the night sky is orders of magnitude simpler than it was decades ago when film reigned supreme.
Now, with modest equipment budding astrophotographers can achieve amazing results right out of the gate, but navigating all that gear can be overwhelming. In this episode of Space Junk Podcast, we'll explore strategies and gear to get you off to a roaring start taking images that will please your family, friends and all your social media followers.
Building your own observatory is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of getting out under the stars. Whether it's a simple cover for your tripod-mounted telescope, an easy to build roll off roof on a shed, or a beautiful clam-shell dome with all the bells and whistles, having an observatory can increase the amount of time using your equipment while decreasing your stress level.
Space Junk Podcast is back! In this episode, Dustin and Tony return to basics and discuss what it means to be a beginner in the hobby of amateur astronomy today and offer advice on where to go observing as well as some tips on what to bring with you.
Have you ever wondered how NASA is able to help us visualize the cosmos? Join Tony Darnell on this episode of Space Junk Podcast where he hosts NASA expert Brian Day. Learn about the awesome tools used to make visualizing the cosmos possible and more! Stream it here!
Thanks to the incredible support he has received from his community, TagBackTV has continued to take more steps into the astrophotography journey and talks more about what it has been like for him on this episode of Space Junk Podcast.
OPT is proud to present this special presentation of Women in Astronomy!
Watch this video to learn about women in the space industry like NASA engineers, OPTeam astrophotographers, and many more! Everyone’s story in astronomy starts somewhere, and like many beginners, they were all once there too. We hope you are inspired to pursue your dreams and to keep looking up.
With such a large variety, it may be difficult for a novice to make the right decision on what type of Telescope to invest in. Fortunately, OPT is here to help guide you to the Top 10 Best Telescopes Under $300!
The Cassegrain Telescope emerged over time as one of the most popular designs in the world. The sharp, high-contrast images of both deep-sky objects and planets this telescope produces make it a good choice for both the intermediate and more experienced astronomer. Learn more here to find out if it's the right telescope for you!
As some of the least expensive and most common types of reflecting telescopes, Newtonian Telescopes bring just that to both amateur astrophotographers and experienced astronomers. Here's some valuable information from OPT about the ins and outs of these versatile telescopes!
Galaxies are some of the most distant objects we can observe. While most planets, stars, and nebulae are usually pretty nearby to us, we can observe galaxies that are millions of light years away. Find out how here!
We are closing out 2020 with some rare astronomy events like the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn! Download your free calendars here and save the date for these astronomical events happening December 2020!
Get ready for the Mars Opposition 2020 with OPT's guide that includes info on what telescopes, cameras, and accessories will give you the best experience and success in imaging or observing Mars. See how AstroBackyard captured Mars and what equipment he used. Click here to learn more!
Interested in light pollution filters, but aren't sure which one to get? This helpful blog post explains the differences in beginner's terms and provides helpful comparison charts and images to help you decide.
One of the questions our imaging specialists get asked daily is do I need a color sensor or a monochrome sensor for astro-imaging? The quick answer is that you can use both! Both monochrome and color sensors have their benefits and both have their drawbacks.
Wonder what the difference between astrophotography monochrome and color cameras are? This blog will provide an introduction to the Bayer filter system and how it is used in color cameras to produce color astro-images!
Narrow your search on the best beginner deep space cameras with this list put together by OPT experts! See the stunning results that some OPT team members have captured with these beginner deep space cameras. See the pictures here!
OPT experts walk you through the essential step to capture stunning astro-images, which is polar alignment. Learning this astrophotography skill is important, especially when it comes to longer focal lengths.
Ready to start producing nebulae images of your own? Read through our list of things you need to get started! This is part one into our astrophotography for beginners series. Let us know what you think!
Interested in planetary imaging, but don't know where to begin or what gear you need? We go over planetary imaging basics and cover all the best planetary telescopes, mounts, cameras, and accessories in this beginner-friendly blog post.
Planetary imaging is a fun and rewarding hobby that allows beginners and advanced amateur astronomers to delve into astronomical imaging without much of the expense and complexity of deep space astrophotography. There are also quite a few opportunities for planetary imagers to contribute to some significant scientific research. However, it is important to first understand what equipment is needed to successfully capture images of the solar system.
With many factors to consider such as location and equipment for the right approach to capturing a good-quality image of Jupiter you're probably thinking "Where do I start?" Follow this step-by-step guide on How To Image Jupiter and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert!
Thinking about getting started in astrophotography? The Star Adventurer Pro is the perfect astronomy tool to help you take that next step in capturing the night sky. This guide breaks down everything you need to know about setting up and using the Star Adventurer Pro!
There are two main guiding methods most people will choose from for Astrophotography, and those are the guide scope, and the off-axis guider. Read up and learn their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Figuring out the correct back focus for your telescope can be a daunting task to beginners and experienced astrophotographers alike. In this article, we’ll go over why back focus spacing is so important to get right, everything to consider for back focus spacing, and how to use adapters and spacers to get your back focus spacing perfect.
Looking for the perfect astronomy gift for the space lover in your life? With the world's largest array of telescopes and astronomy accessories, OPT is your one-stop shop for astronomy gifts this holiday season!
We are proud to announce OPT's line of new product bundles for beginner astronomers and astrophotographers! Whether you're a beginner looking to start visually observing the night sky or you want to dip your feet into the hobby of astrophotography, OPT's bundles have got you covered.
With many brands to choose from for mounts, cameras, telescopes, power supplies, computers, etc., it gets a bit mind-numbing trying to find a good setup that you know will work. Read up on our breakdown!
We break down the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro and the iOptron SkyGuider Pro to answer your question on what makes these star trackers different. Spoiler alert: They are very similar! Learn more here.
In three easy steps start your journey into the night sky. After downloading the app, no cell signal is needed to observe the night sky. Travel to remote sites to unlock even more objects to view in the night sky from the app. Learn more here!
Check out the best features of the Unistellar eVscope! The OPTeam takes you through their first impression of the eVscope and shows you how easy it is to set it up. See what images are possible despite light pollution with the eVscope, making it a perfect telescope to use at home.
Get your eVscope questions answered here by OPT experts. The eVscope was developed for people interested in astrophotography but intimidated by the gear and for people wanting to share the universe in a fast and convenient way. Learn what you can see, how to set up the eVscope, and much more!
Watch this video to learn more about the popular Spectrum Telescope solar filters used by astronomers during the 2017 solar eclipse! OPT experts walk you through the different Spectrum telescope solar filters and provide tips for your solar success. Learn more here!
Stop your search on astrophotography cameras and bookmark this page! OPT experts have put together this guide on planetary and lunar cameras based on experience and results. See the best planetary and lunar astrophotography cameras here!
PlaneWave professional telescope mounts are used by astronomy-driven universities and commercial companies worldwide, producing exceptional results. Learn everything you need to know about using the L-350 mount with this easy guide!
Learn everything you need to know about the Triad Filter with video tutorials and guides in this blog. Capture the H-beta wavelength, H-alpha wavelength, Oiii emission line, and Sii emission line all with one filter!