Astro Photography 

Chapter 4 - AstroSession Workflows

Updated: 2024-03-16


Description of different procedures for the use of various electronic tools for the preparation and photography of celestial objects.

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Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) refers to the possibility of observing celestial objects not through eyepieces, but with electronic cameras (today mostly CMOS-based digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR) or special astro cameras with additional tracking support by control programs (electronic guides), in order to compensate for design disadvantages of the mounts and thus to achieve very long exposure times that would not be possible without these electronic aids.

Two major Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) workflows are described in this chapter:

  • ASIAIR based Workflow 
    This section describes the EAA using the ASIAIR control computer, which is used to control the recording planning, the tracking of the equipment, the recordings themselves and much more.
  • Sequence Generator based Workflow
    This section describes a similar functionality and procedure but using software under the Windows operating system.

There are many other HW and SW tools such as Lacerta MGEN-3, N.I.N.A., PHD2, APT etc., but these will not be discussed further.

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