What is WebcamÂ Astrophotography?
Webcam astrophotography is a method to use relatively cheap webcams to take photos of the planets and the moon. A few years ago this would have had to be done with expensive CCD cameras, now with some freely available programs on the web and a proper webcam, amateurs can get some very good results. Although a good CCD camera will still produce better images, using a webcam is a nice easy way to get introduced to astrophotography.
What we do with the webcam is essentially capture a video of the target i.e. Moon / Jupiter etc. We then import that video into a stacking program which allows us to split it into individual frames, remove the bad ones and combine the good ones to get our image.
What prompted me to start this blog was the flood of information I got when researching my first telescope. At the moment I don’t have one and to be honest I am still learning all about the different components and capabilities on offer.
A few things considerations I have are,
1. This is most definitely a starter scope, I am not interested in spending thousands of pounds on a telescope (yet!)
2. I would like to be able to capture some photographs of the night sky without too much extra investment.
3. Needs to be relatively portable, in that I will be bringing itÂ in and out of the house.
4. Not concerned with using the telescopeÂ for land viewing.