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New to astrophotography or eager to embark on this magnificent hobby? This forum is designed especially for you! Engage with fellow beginners, ask questions, share your doubts, and learn together in a welcoming environment.

To further assist you, we've prepared three quick videos that offer a concise introduction to the world of astrophotography:

  1. What is astrophotography?
  2. The art of post-processing
  3. Picking the right software tool

These videos, each lasting less than 5 minutes, will guide you through essential aspects, from capturing deep-sky objects to the secrets of post-processing. You can watch them all by clicking here.

But the heart of this space is interaction. Feel free to post your questions, share your experiences, and connect with others who are also starting on this incredible journey. We're excited to have you here and look forward to seeing how you grow in the art of astrophotography. Welcome to the community!

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I just signed up.ย  My purpose is not to make beautiful astro images, but to take double stars, solar neighborhood stars, etc. to analyze them.ย  Pictures of some southern hemisphere fields.ย  So after reading farther, if I want short images, etc like this they have to go through and be approved and require a higher monthly.ย  So I'm not sure this is what I really need.ย  Can someone please clarify.ย  Thank you,ย  Robert Togni, Arkansas, USA

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Hi Robert,ย 

Welcome to Telescope Live! We are happy to have you as a member of our community.

Telescope Live works mainly in two ways:

- Archive:ย Fresh data taken by our telescopes every clear night is added to our archive. You can search the archive using filters such as coordinates to see if there is any dataset of interest for your research.

- Advanced Request:ย You can also schedule your own observations using one of our telescopes using what we call "Advanced Request." You can choose the exposure time, filter, and other parameters for your observation. The frames arriving from the Advanced Request are private to the user requesting it. At least a regular (non-trial) Silver subscription is needed to use the ARs.ย 


If you are not sure which option is right for you, I recommend starting with the archive. You can search for datasets that have already been taken and see if they are suitable for your research. If you cannot find any datasets that meet your needs, you can then use the Advanced Request feature to schedule your own observations.

More information about the Advanced Request feature is available at the following link:ย 


I hope this clarifies things. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Clear Skies,


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