This is where the rubber meets the road. Unguided and piggyback photography require modest investments in time and money to achieve good results. Prime focus astrophotography requires a substantial investment in time and money just to get started. The cost in equipment can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Getting the right equipment is the easy part. Prime focus imaging requires skill as a technician. You will encounter numerous challenges and, if you want your photos to look good, you will have to solve them.
This subject cannot be fully and accurately treated in these pages by me. I have neither the experience nor the skill to lead you through more than the basics. Rather than give the subject a shallow treatment, lets move on and look at a few examples of my prime focus astrophotography.
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