Editorial update to the astrophotography portfolio

26th November 2014
I have decided (November 2014) to include information and data relating to the images in The Sun and the Moon and the Stars! portfolio; explaining the set-up, telescope, camera and setting used to take the image. As I read the astronomy magazines and visit the websites, I see that this is the done thing, so here I go!
I will start with two images that I have recently uploaded. All new images will include the data and I will update the other existing images in due course.




As you will see from the portfolio, I am very much a beginner in astrophotography. (In my case, being a beginner has lasted over two years and counting!) But I have acquired some good kit along the way and some great advice, so I am hopeful that I can improve on my current stock and also extend into the genuinely more, (much more) demanding aspects of deep sky astrophotography. In the mean time I hope you will enjoy my modest beginnings.

Equipment:
Skywatcher ED80 refractor telescope, (with Baader sun safety filter)
EHQ5 Pro, German equatorial mount, linked via ASCOM platform to Stellarium on my laptop
AlignMaster polar alignment software, again linked via ASCOM platform to my laptop
Pentax K-5II DSLR
Lenses:Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-f4.5, Tamron 28-70mm f2.8, Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 and Pentax 50mm f1.8
Pentax Astrotracer 0-GPS1
Giottos professional tripod and ball head
Philips SPC 900 modified webcam
Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT Telescope (with Teleview Everbrite Dielectric) and
Meade 2X Tele-negative amplifier