Sixteen people spent most of the day on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center learning more about digital astronomical imaging. Drawing on our own experienced astro-photographers in the club there were demonstrations of equipment ranging from Marv Stewart's $3.58 "barn door" mount to allow longer term exposures for Digital SLRs to slightly (still keeping final numbers from the spouses) more costly gear. The over whelming favorites seemed to be the short focus refractors that give medium fields of view while covering some of the bigger ccd chips available on modern cameras. Camera choices ranged from DSLRs through single-shot color astro-cameras with cooled chips to high end monochrome models with integrated color filter wheels.
Being a digital workshop, the afternoon focussed on available image processing software and there were hands-on demonstrations of MaximDL and ???. There seemed to be general agreement that the meeting was worth while and that we should re-instate our semi-regular monthly meetings to review detailed aspects of digital imaging, including at-the-telescope imaging session.