Are you curious about how to start taking
pictures of the night sky with just a DSLR (Digital Single Lens
Craig will introduce both simple tripod photography and piggy-back
photography that concentrates on 'prime focus' astrophotography --
that is, using a DSLR camera on just a tripod or connecting a DSLR
camera directly to a telescope so that the telescope becomes the
Why 'thirty seconds' in the title? Astrophotography is
perceived as a very complicated and technically challenging endeavor,
requiring a computer in the field and expensive equipment to perform
However, with camera exposures up to thirty seconds a computer is not
necessary to successfully take wonderful pictures of the night sky --
a tracking mount, telescope and DSLR camera are all that are required
to get started in this great hobby.
DSLR Astro-Imaging is the easiest way to
get started in capturing portions of the night sky, and if you're
traveling, the gear is lighter than you might think. You can image
wide star fields in our galaxy the Milky Way, Comets, Constellations,
Planetary alignments, beautiful aurora’s, combined Luna nature
landscapes, polar star trails, and meteor showers.
Great results can be achieved just with a
tripod mounted camera and short exposures. Cameras that are mounted
piggyback on telescopes or tracking platforms can capture images that
rival images produced by professional observatories. Vast arrays of
equatorial mounted DSLRs are being used for real research, and DSLR
astrophotographers are discovering new variable stars, novas,
supernovas, and exoplanets every day.
As a youth Craig was an avid amateur
astronomer and learned everything he could about the stars and
planets. As he grew older, however, he became more interested in other
pursuits -- some academic, some not quite so much -- and did not
seriously return to his first love until after he got high school,
university, his first job, marriage, and kids all squared away.
In 2008 he received a telescope for
Christmas from his better half (who had no idea what she was getting
herself into), put a camera on it and was hooked. Since then he has
found astrophotography to require a blend of artistic and technical
discipline that deeply appeals to him.
Originally from British Columbia Craig
after moving around for years, he returned to the Pacific Northwest in
2009 and joined the Rose City Astronomers. He currently is the Sales
Director and you can usually find him at the Sales Table during
Professionally, Craig holds a Master's
degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British
Columbia, and spent most of his career working in the steel industry.
He now pays for his hobby as the quality assurance manager for a local