Photography with Your Refractor
One of the great virtues of refractors, especially apochromats, is that their well-corrected, wide-field, unobstructed optics allow the user to create some great photos of both terrestrial and celestial objects. These photos are rich in detail and contrast and are faithful color renditions. In addition, refractors have more back focus than many other telescope models allowing cameras of all sorts to come to focus. For these reasons, some of the most photogenic nature and deep sky objects can be captured with small, ultraportable refractors with focal lengths in the range of 350–800 mm. In this chapter, we’ll provide a brief overview of the field of photography using refracting telescopes. Of course, the interested individual is advised to consult some specialized books on the subject, some of which will be cited in the bibliography at the end of this book. Our aim here is to provide some essential information needed to allow you to get started in this exciting and constantly changing field.