Planetary imaging with a CCD camera

Brief description

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 Acre Road.