Dick Locke's Astrophotography Gateway Page
Copyright 1998-2017 by Dick Locke.  All Rights Reserved.  Contact and Image Use Information

Welcome to my Astrophotography web page.   This is my astronomy photo index page to help locate pictures of interest.  People often want to know about the  astronomy equipment used in these pictures.  For many years my primary imaging telescope has been a Takahashi TOA 130 Telescope (a 5" APO refractor) which I still use.  In late 2005 I began shooting with a Canon EOS 20Da DSLR camera.  I switched from my Losmandy G11 mount to an Astro-Physics AP 900GTO mount in 2007.   I acquired a QHY8 cooled CCD camera in 2008.  I added an SBIG ST-8300m monochrome CCD camera and compatible filters in 2011, along with a Takahashi FSQ-85 "Baby Q" telescope.  In 2015 I acquired Nikon's first Astrophotography camera, the D810ASee Basic Astrophotography for information about how I make my pictures.     More info about Processing Astrophotos is here. Chanel is using some of my astronomy images.  You can read more about my astronomy background in Steve Clayworth's Houston Chronicle article. I use "regular camera equipment" for astronomy too.

Recent Major Expeditions! January 2017 Wimberley, Spring 2016 West Texas, October 2015 Starry Nights, September 2015 West Texas, Elephant Trunk Nebula and the Eagle Nebula (pillars of creation area) are new!

Antares & Rho Ophiuchi

M8 Lagoon Nebula close-ups

Featured: Nikon D810A Moon Pictures



Moon Pictures

Planet Pictures
Planet Alignment Pictures

Galaxy Pictures

Comet Pictures

Messier Object Catalog Astrophotography Page

Nebula Page

Time-Lapse Videos

Dark Nebula Pictures

Fixed Tripod and Star Trails

Wide Angle Astrophotos
Milky Way Pictures

Meteor Pictures (Shooting Stars)

Star Clusters: Open & Globular

2012 Venus Transit

Thin Crescent Moon Pictures

Narrowband Images (Monochrome Camera)

Most of my recent images were acquired in dark skies of West Texas

Embrace the Trails: Satellite Trail Pictures, Including Iridium Flares

Astronomy Equipment

Narrowband Imaging with Color Cameras

Main West Texas Astronomy Pictures

Magazine cover moons: Eclipses

Sundog & Sun Halos

Solar Eclipse Pictures

Click on Sun to see solar pictures

Most older shots are Canon EOS D20 DSLR Images

Starry Nights Images

HAS Site pix indexed here

Big Moon + Labeled Images!

My Current Astronomy Image Processing Workflow

Basic Astrophotography

Dick's (older) Astrophotography Page

Articles: Basic Image Processing in Photoshop
Why Film Astrophotography?
Canon D20a and Nikon D100 noise comparison

Astronomy Features: Some of my best stuff from a few years ago

 Here's my personal astronomy reference page
Lightning Pictures

 Opus tackles one of the great questions in astronomy: What's the center of it all?

Still More Astronomy Pictures:

Airplane Pictures


Lots of good stuff here from my Starry Nights trip in 2/2007

Milky Way Image Gallery
Mars 2003    New Galaxy Photos 
NHAC - moon and mercury pictures       Planet PicturesNikon D100 Astronomy Images
Moon HaloNew (6/03) Moon Pix PageMars Hoax of 2005.
Davis Mountain Astronomy PicturesIn Memory of Larry Freshnock Nova Sco 2007.


Paul Downing's Home PageNorth Houston Astronomy Club
Jerry Lodriguss's Home PageHouston Astronomical Society
Randy Brewer's Astronomy PageDon Taylor's Home Page
Sadly, Dave Clark passed away in 2014Matt Ben-Daniel's Home Page
Wide-angle Mosaic How-toAnother Wide-angle Mosaic How-to

Clear Sky Clock for a little ways west of where I live...
 National Weather Service link for The Woodlands

Monitor Adjustment: you should be able to see 17 different shades in above.  If you do not see differences at both ends of the wedge, for best results adjust your monitor and/or room lighting until you do.  The images on this website are best viewed at 1024x768 or higher resolutions, with 32 bit color.

Light Pollution:  Bad for Astronomers and Humans!

"Regular" DSLR camera equipment is also involved in astrophotography

Images Home

Copyright by Dick Locke.  All Rights Reserved.
Contact and Image Use Information

Hit Counter after June 2009 cleanup
Heavens Above for Houston

Drift Method of Polar Alignment
Using the STV to Obtain Accurate Polar Alignment

I would rather be in Fort Davis:  The weather there is here!