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Astrophotography can be a very demanding and sometimes frustrating activity. It can also be very rewarding.

For example, through the eyepiece of a fast 10" Newtonian telescope, the great Orion Nebula will be seen mainly in dull shades of grey/green. Using the same telescope with a camera that allows for long exposures, the nebula can be seen in it's full range of wonderful colours.

Long exposure photography can be used to show objects that are too feint to be seen at all by the naked eye.

Astrophotography can make great demands on telescopes and mounts, and especially on cameras. This section describes the basics of modern astrophotography and some of the equipment used.

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