January 3, 2011 Meeting
Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room
7:00 p.m. Club Business
7:15 p.m. Intro to ...
The Cheapskate Astronomer’s Introduction to Astrophotography
Presenter - Rick Bryant
Come listen to the Cheapskate Astronomer, as he tells his story of excitement and heartbreak in becoming an astrophotographer. See examples of his successes and failures. Learn what led to each. Follow his evolution of equipment, software and knowledge. And in the process, maybe, just maybe, you will realize that “I can do this”…“it’s not that hard to get started”…and “it won’t cost me a fortune”.
The Cheapskate Astronomer, Dr. Richard Bryant, has been an off and on amateur astronomer since 1974, when he was given a set of 7x35 binoculars and a backyard astronomy book for completing the Astronomy Merit Badge. Rick’s first “astrophotography” was comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 using a camera on a tripod…a total failure. He bought his first “telescope” in December, 1999; a well used 500mm lens made for 16mm movie cameras. It cost $100. Tying the lens to a tripod with leather belts, and using a Pentax K1000 camera, Rick attempted to take pictures of the January, 2000 lunar eclipse… his first success.
Since then, he tried several cameras and modified web cams before settling on a self-modified DSLR. It is the perfect match for his interests in comet, wide field, and deep space astrophotography. Visiting pawn shops and websites, he has spent less than $1600 on his equipment which includes: 3 ½ optical tubes, 3 pairs of binoculars, 2 equatorial mounts, home made computer control, a modified DSLR, several camera lenses and a DOS computer. In today’s world of low-cost, high-tech equipment, the Cheapskate Astronomer could be a full fledged astrophotographer for much, much less.
February 7, Monday. Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative)
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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT GoTo Reflector Telescope. Includes Soft Case, manual, etc… Can be powered by 8 internal AA batteries or included 12V power cord. Asking $250. Contact Duane Perkins, phone: 336-5096 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've purchased a condo at forest creek and selling my home. im selling my 12" orion intelliscope dob because the deck is not large enough for that size scope. there is a photo of it in the photo section. it cost $1095 plus shipping. the azimuth movement was upgraded with a scope stuff kit. the cart and a orion 8" ota all gos with this package. im asking only $450 for it. just thought i would give the members first shot at it before i post it on astromart (pick up only)thanks, don
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