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September 1, 1999

Catching the Light -- Astrophotography

Catching the Light -- Astrophotography is dedicated to the art of capturing the universe -- and beyond -- in photography. Here, you'll find an inspiring library of astrophotographic images and some great advice about how to make your own images with a simple camera and a telescope!

This site has high-quality graphics without the high-tech plugins! The images might take a little while to load with a slower modem, but they are well worth the wait.

The site offers a variety of ways to navigate -- you can use the index page, browse the site map, or view the pages one by one like a book by using the site's handy back/home/next buttons in the top right corner of each page. The images are divided up by season of visibility in the night sky.

Science teachers will love this site for its awesome image library, but that's only a small part of what's available here! Catching the Light -- Astrophotography is a treasure trove of insight into the art of creating your own images of the night sky using a basic 35 mm camera body attached to the lens of a telescope. Information is given on basic techniques, types of equipment and software needed, plus special tricks the author has learned through many years of experience. A special section is devoted to the digital manipulation of intergalactic images. This is an excellent resource for astronomy classes, science clubs, GT classes, and the extra-curious science teacher!