Astrophotography books

I wanted to learn what settings on the camera to use for both astrophotography and general night sky photography.  So, I purchased a couple of books:

The first book was by Jennifer Wu.  I made a first pass through the book.  I found the information very interesting and will go back to the chapters on camera settings.

The second book was by Allan Hall.  I also made a first pass through the book.  The first section on the background information about astrophotography was very good.  I will work through the chapters on configuration.

New Eyepieces

When I was looking at Saturn, my mind wondered back to an earlier topic which about eyepieces.  I had purchased a couple for the ETX but since never really used the telescope, I didn’t get an experience with the differences.  I received one eyepiece with the LightBridge, which was the included one, and it seemed like a low magnification.  In fact, I don’t even know the right terms for eyepieces other than I think the lower the number, the bigger the object displayed.  And now I have a 2” system with the Lightbridge. 

So, I started doing some initial research.  I searched on Google for article about eyepieces for the LightBridge.  I found this article ( The article mentioned that 1.25” and 2” each have their own strengths and weaknesses but having both is probably the way to go.

The next article I found interesting was  This mentioned a number of possible options and reminded me about using a Barlow.  I already have a 1.25” one.

Finally, I read this article  The first thing this article reminded me of was Televue eyepieces.  I have seen some articles in the magazines about them so designed to look at them first.  Wow, they are expensive.  But, in the long term, that is fine once I know exactly what I want.  But, also realized that eyepieces aren’t necessary with astrophotography so need to remember that just for visual astronomy.  The article also gave a number of combinations that would make a good set, some recommendation on affordable vendors and why 2” eyepieces.  Great article. 

So, I decided I want to get a few more to try out especially at the August star party I was going to attend.  I decided to go with a better quality 1.25” then what I currently have and higher magnification.  I purchased a Celestron X-Cel LX 5mm

I also purchased a Meade Series 4000 set.  I had read another article that said all eyepiece sets are not the best purchase because of quality and things you don’t need like filters.  But, I am just starting out and really want to figure out some things for my self and having a bunch of choices will be helpful.