Dobsonians are usually purchased for their cheap aperture, quick setup and ease of use for beginners. People don’t buy dobsonians with a plan to doing astrophotography. In fact, i’ve read many times that astrophotography with a dob just can’t be done and that you shouldn’t bother trying.
Well i’m here to tell you that it can be done, and show you the ways you can do it! You can produce some quite good results with a dob, it just requires practise, patience and perseverance.. and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
I don’t claim to be a great astrophotographer, and with practise anyone can easily produce results equal to and better than what I have produced. I’m merely wanting to spread the knowledge, to share what I have learned and reduce the (sometimes steep) learning curve for others with a dob who want to dabble in astrophotography and share photos of what they see with friends and family.
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Written in May 2005.