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Astrophotography Equipment List

If you are looking to build your own deep sky astrophotography kit that includes a proven apochromatic refractor telescope and reliable equatorial mount, the following information should be very useful to you.

For an idea of what you can expect with a rig like this, have a look at the image of the Sadr region (including the Butterfly Nebula) below.

Butterfly Nebula

The Butterfly Nebula in Cygnus. Captured using the equipment listed below.

When it comes to giving advice about astrophotography equipment, I think it’s best to show real results in the form of photography performance, rather than an over-analyzed specification sheet. It’s simple really, if I can get results from a system like this, so can you.

Here is a complete breakdown of the deep sky astrophotography kit used to capture the Butterfly Nebula in my YouTube video. This is a proven setup for capturing incredible nebula images from the city, thanks to the Optolong L-eNhance filter. (Watch the video)

Here is a photo of this configuration in action, on the night I photographed IC 1318. I have included everything from the telescope to the autoguiding software, so that you may choose to replicate this setup yourself.

deep sky astrophotography kit

Complete Gear Details:

L-eNhance Filter

Dew Control

Power Supply

Camera Control PC and Software

deep sky astrophotography equipment

Pre-Processing

Post-Processing

The final image includes 4 hours and 36 minutes of total integrated exposure time (69 frames). The inclusion of dark frames, and flat frames during the pre-processing stages were critical for creating an image with a healthy signal-to-noise ratio. For a more broad look at the equipment I use for deep sky astrophotography, have a look at the “my equipment” page.