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Margaret Watson LRPS AFIAP


Useful Links
A list of sites that I have found very useful and visit on a regular basis. Apart from being very useful from an educational point of view, I find them a source of inspiration and is very useful for planning my next images.


Greg's book Making Beautiful Deep Sky Images was one of the first serious astrophotography books I read and is full of very interesting information if you are just starting out in this wonderful hobby. Check his site ou and see how he is progressing with his mini-WASP project.

What can I say, just full of very exceptional images from the master. I have Robert's latest book Capturing The Stars, its images like these that are a constant source of inspiration. The site also has essays and information about 140 of the most popular northern and southern objects that are well worth reading.

Jerry's site has lots of tutorials, and again the site has many impressive images.

Berhard has created a website with many buetiful astro images and some very good tutorials on imaging Comets and calibrating images to G2V.

If you are struggling with PixInsight then check out Harry's site as there are many video tutorials on how to use it and get the best results.


Astronomical Data And Information

The JPL HORIZONS on-line solar system data and ephemeris computation service provides access to key solar system data and flexible production of highly accurate ephemerides for solar system objects ( 609323 asteroids, 3189 comets, 176 planetary satellites, 8 planets, the Sun, L1, L2, select spacecraft, and system barycenters ). HORIZONS is provided by the Solar System Dynamics Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Division III of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The MPC is responsible for the designation of minor bodies in the solar system: minor planets; comets, in conjunction with the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT); and natural satellites (also in conjunction with CBAT). The MPC is also responsible for the collection, computation, checking and dissemination of astrometric observations and orbits for minor planets, comets, and natural satellites.

The NGC/IC Project is a collaborative effort between professional and amateur astronomers to correctly identify all of the original NGC and IC objects, starting with the original discoverer's notes and working forward in time to encompass the work of contemporary astronomers, both professional and amateur, such that the identity of each of the NGC and IC objects is known with as much certainty as we can reasonably bring to it from the existing historical record.

Provides an online interactive system. Includes articles, gallery, forum, and FAQ.


A forum that is striving for its community to become the members astronomy home and in return they are promising to deliver an adult, politically free forum where healthy debate is not frowned upon but encouraged.

A completely independent and unbiased forum, not tied to any sponsor or commercial advertising, that welcomes astro imagers at all levels, whether experienced or beginner, and all their members are of equal status, with none of the usual 'ranking structure' based on 'post count'.


Other Interest Sites

This is the general photography site of my wife Margaret Watson LRPS AFIAP.

Alignmaster is a new program by Matthias Garzarolli for a quick and precise alignment of goto mounts to the polar axis.

Having trouble understanding how to drift align your scope, take a look at this video and all will be revealed. I had great trouble with polar alignment and watching this video a couple of times solved all my problems.

A general astrophotography site with many resource links covering history, equipment, methods and image sites. This site was suggested by Beth, at the request of one of her students, who is a volunteer with a youth group which hosts different activities for middle school aged children.

If you want a special adapter for your telescope, filter wheel or CCD camera then Precise Parts make precision custom adapters and one-of-a-kind telescope accessories. You can now design your own custom adapter online in a few clicks or taps with their Build-An-Adapter.
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