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You want to get involved with astrophotography but don't know where to begin, don't let that slow you down.  We've asked our purpose is.
Free Astronomy programs
Free star chart programs with telescope and observatory control capabilities .
Cartes Du Ciel       http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/download
Stellarium      http://www.stellarium.org/

Free webcam capture programs.
WXAstroCapture      http://arnholm.org/astro/software/wxAstroCapture/
SharpCap     http://www.sharpcap.co.uk/
WcCtrl      http://www.burri-web.org/bm98/soft/wcctrl/
Virtual Dub      http://www.virtualdub.org/download.html
Craterlet     http://www.stark-labs.com/craterlet.html

Free image processing programs.
Auto Stitch     http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/brown/autostitch/autostitch.html
Avi Stack    http://www.avistack.de/
Deep Sky Stacker     http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html
Iris     http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/us/iris/iris.htm
RegiStax     http://www.astronomie.be/registax/download.html
Startrails     http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html
Gimp     http://www.gimp.org/

Free DSLR control software
DSLR Control     http://www.barkosoftware.com/DSLRControl/index.html
Dslr Shutter     http://www.stark-labs.com/DSLR_Shutter.html

Miscellaneous Programs
Fits Liberator     http://
www.spacetelescope.org/projects/fits_liberator/

You Tube often has video tutorials of the software listed above to help understand how to use it.