Constellations

Film photography is, in one sense, the easiest of the possible ways to get pictures of the night sky. In fact, with nothing more than a camera and a tripod, you can start taking pictures and pick out the brighter stars with exposures of as much as 20–30 seconds, depending on what part of the sky you are pointed at. If you don't mind star trails, you can expose for much longer. And, if are at least a little mechanically inclined, you can build a barn-door tracker which will let you take exposures of up to 10 minutes (or even an hour with a more sophisticated design. A barn-door tracker is not what we used here. I have only a modest set of mechanical skills and we live in an apartment which is large only by New York City standards. With two small children running about, power-tools and construction messes, even transient ones, are not a good idea. So I bought a CG5/EQ4 mount with drives and and a small "table top" to fit on the dovetail bracket where I can mount a camera. This is the expensive way to get started and the mount is overkill for the load I put on it, but I hope to eventually put something like the Celestron C5 Schmidt-Cassegrain on the mount. My set of portraits will slowly grow, and I hope to eventually have a collection as nice as what are on Jeff DeTray's web site, but for now this is what I have.

Aquila
Capricornus
Cassiopeia
Aquila Capricornus Cassiopeia
Cepheus
Cygnus
 
Delphinus
Cepheus Cygnus Delphinus
Hercules
Lyra Orion
Hercules Lyra Orion
 
Perseus
 
Sagittarius
Scutum
Perseus Sagittarius Scutum
Ursa Major
   
Ursa Major