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Glenn Chaple's Observing Basics: Astroimaging 101

February 2010: An "old-timer" makes his first attempts at digital astrophotography.
February 2010 gibbous Moon
The author captured this image of a waxing gibbous Moon August 30, 2009. He used a Canon PowerShot A640 with Orion Skyquest 4.5-inch reflector.
Glenn Chaple
This column traces its roots to the January 2002 issue of Astronomy. Under the name "Beginner's Sky: Diary of a neophyte astronomer," author Jerry Burstein chronicled his adventures as a newcomer to backyard astronomy. Upon inheriting Jerry's column, I approached it from a different angle — that of a veteran observer passing on helpful hints to the novice.

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