Is a consumer digital camera suitable for astrophotography? You
will explore how a Nikon Coolpix 4500 camera can be adapted for
use with the Meade telescopes to image the planets and the Moon.
Although the CCD is not cooled, these objects are bright enough
to only require relatively short exposure times. However the camera
is capable of exposure times of minutes and dark-frame subtraction.
For very bright objects we can take many images and look for `lucky
frames' when atmospheric seeing is close to the diffraction limit
of the telescope. You must be prepared to do evening observing at