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Astrophotography is the type of photography specializing in celestial objects such as the sun, moon, stars, and sky.

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Is film better suited than digital for astrophotography?

When I tried to do long exposures of the sky with my entry level DSLR I noticed a lot of hot or dead pixels. Will shooting with my old cheap film SLR be better? Will film be better for long exposures ...
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Merging pictures of the Sun at the same location

I'm teaching an astronomy class in the fall and I had this idea for a photo project. I want my class to take a daily picture of the Sun (around sunrise) at the exact same location and having the ...
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Why does DeepSkyStacker brighten the stars too much compared to Photoshop?

I've got a 100-ish image stack of the milky way. I always use Photoshop's stacking but sometimes it fails aligning the images or it requires too much swap space (~80GB range) on my primary drive which ...
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Milky Way Photography [duplicate]

Images of stars are not very good with a full moon. But what if the moon has not risen? A 3/4 moon rises at 11:00pm tonight. If I travel to a dark spot and take images before 11:00pm will the star'...
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Why is Registax 6 hanging partway through image alignment?

I am a total novice to dare I say astrophotography. I have a series of decent looking moon shots, I wanted to stack them using Registax 6 (downloaded). My first run had 35 jpeg images. The laptop I ...
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What should I set my white balance to to record the true colour of the Milky Way? [duplicate]

When doing astro-photography in the past I have often set my white balance to tungsten to get the bluey tint that is so common with pictures of the milky way. However,the milky way isn't that colour (...
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Can not see anything on Live View screen

I am using a Nikon D3300 camera with Liveview on my 8SE telescope. Using a 25x eyepiece to look at planets. Can not seem to find anything in the liveview. What am I doing incorrectly?
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How can I blend images taken at different times of the day into the same panorama?

Is there a way to take a same set of images for a panorama twice at different times of the day? I would like to blend these images using a layer mask in Photoshop so I get a blue hour foreground and ...
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What creates a bright green orb “lens flare” with silver or metalic dots on it?

I am having a heck of a time finding anything on the internet that explains how and why a green orb with silver or metallic looking dots keeps appearing in my photos of the sky. I am taking these ...
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Mercury transit at 200mm + UV + ND?

Will I able to see Mercury transit with a f/4-5.6 200mm lens (on APS-C)? I do not have solar filter and I don't have time to buy as transit will be on 9th May 2016. I'm wondering if I can use my UV ...
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How do I get my image with a dSLR mounted on a telescope into focus? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5500 and use a GSO Newtonian telescope with an aperture of 8", focal length of 1200mm and focal ratio of f/6. I will be using a 32mm superview telephoto projection eyepiece which is ...
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Will a focal length reducer help me image deep sky objects using an 8" newtonian telescope?

Will a 0.5x focal length reducer help me to reduce the exposure time if I am imaging deep sky objects? I'm using a 1200mm focal length optical tube (f/6), a 32mm super view telephoto extension ...
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What is the Time taken for transit of a star ,nebula, cluster to move out of the field of view of a 32 mm superview eyepiece..?

How much time will an object ( star, galaxy ,nebula,cluster) take to transit from one end of a 32 mm superview eyepiece to the other end of it to go out of the field of view when a DSLR is connected ...
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Astrophotography with a telescope — fewer long exposures or more shorter exposures for astrophotography?

I have an 8" GSO Dobsonian (1200mm focal length) telescope and I use a Nikon D5500 with a UHC (ultra-high contrast) broadband filter. I connect my camera with a 32 n 42 mm telephoto lens. Can I take ...
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Where can I find the maximum camera weight for my lens?

I have a somewhat unique question here, and I haven't been able to get a clear answer elsewhere. There is a question with a similar title, only with the camera and lens terms swapped. My question is ...
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Why are my long exposure sky shots out of focus? [duplicate]

If you take a look at a few of long exposure sky photos at Flickr, I think the context and content of the photo is okay, they are just all blurry. I'm using a tripod, 15 second exposure with a 18mm ...
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Telescopic view [duplicate]

How do they make the sun or moon appear so big in backgrounds of some images?
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How to Record Videos at Full Resolution with Nikon D750 for Astrophotography? [closed]

I am using Nikon D750 and I want to use it to record videos of planets/moon, so that I can later stack them into images. However, the camera wastes its potential by down-sampling the video recording ...
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What specs are good for an astrophotography camera? [duplicate]

I would like a guideline to help me and others find good cameras that work well at night. Specifically, shots of the night sky. This way, I can make an informed decision on my next camera. Things ...
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How can I tell if something in a photograph is a star or a planet?

A couple days ago, I zoomed in with my 30x optical zoom camera, and after some exposure adjustments, a bright star in the night sky turned into this: Are those other planets or other stars? Or is ...
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If i use ISO 1600 to photograph stars will image stacking help reduce noise but also add more detail?

I would like to take better photos of the stars, especially the milky way, but my highest ISO setting is 1600. I have now learnt that image stacking can help reduce noise when taken with the same ...
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When stacking images to remove noise in astrophotography, should the exposure be the same in each?

I am trying to get to grips with astrophotography and have read about image stacking to help reduce noise. I am a little confused about whether the images to be stacked are all taken at the same ...
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Why does photographing the Milky Way require short exposure, when star trails need long exposure?

I can't understand — how do they work differently? I mean, when 2 secs exposure is required for photographing milky way, while 30 mins exposure is needed for photographing star trails, why isn't the ...
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What lens should I use for astrophotography?

I am looking for a lens for my Canon 550D for astrophotography. What lens would be suitable for it? Thank you
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Is it possible to use two barlow lenses together?

With my current astrophotography setup it is not possible for me to capture the full andromeda galaxy in one picture. Setup: Telescope: Celestron C8 SGT XLT (f: 10, focal length: 2003mm) Mount: ...
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How can I get long exposure for star photography with a Nikon Coolpix P900?

I own a Nikon Coolpix P900. I'm still fairly new to photography but I'm interested in learning about photographing the stars. I've read that the best settings to do this are to have an aperture of f/2....
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Which compact camera to buy for starry skies, city lights and close ups? [duplicate]

I'm looking to purchase a compact camera that has all the common features e.g. portrait, landscape, video etc. But can also allow me to take pictures of stars and city lights, and will allow close ...
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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

I am a novice amateur photographer. My only equipment right now is my Sony Nex 3N and the kit 18-55mm zoom. I had been hesitant to sink much money into lenses when I realized that building up a lens ...
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What lens and setting to take ISS photo?

Here it says we can see ISS with our naked eye. I was thinking that if we can see this thing with our eyes, then obviously we can take photo with a DSLR. I have Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm lens and ...
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How can I make a telescope attachment for my DSLR to capture space images?

I thinking is there any way to make own telescope with help of magnifying glass(convex) and concave lenses arrangement so that we can take photo of space planet like moon, marsh. I know there are ...
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Astrophotography exposure setting for noise reduction

I was on a hiking for a week into the dense forest of Western Ghats with my Sony slt a58. I am into Astrophotography. The place was absolute black with millions of stars. The perfect place for ...
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Is it true that UFOs or extraterrestrial beings that are not seen by human eyes can be captured by photo? [closed]

I heard that if we take photos of the sky then we can get photos of UFOs or extraterrestrial beings. Is it true ?
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What's an easy way to de-rotate astronomical images taken without an equatorial mount?

I don't have an equatorial mount nor I plan to buy one. However, I would like to stack my night sky photos. Is there a software that can easily de-rotate my images so I can stack them? By easily I ...
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Which lens should I use and how to take night pictures?

So I have a Canon T3 and I wanted to take pictures of the night sky and landscapes but since I'm a noob at photography, I was wondering which lens should I invest in that isn't quite pricey. I was ...
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What features to look for in a motorized DSLR mount for astrophotography?

I'm planning a foray into astrophotography, and am looking for some advice on features to look for in a motorized equatorial DSLR mount. I'm interested in both wide angle and deep field pictures. I ...
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Would a Polycom video camera be suitable for astrophotography?

Have Polycom FX video conference camera 1024 x780. Could this be used for astro photography? Just curious for a project. Appreciate input.
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What adapter do I need to use a Sony a7R ii with a Televue Pronto telescope?

I wish to take pictures through my Televue Pronto using my α7R II camera. Is there an adapter to allow me to do this?
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What are best wide angle lens for Nikon D7000 Camera [closed]

I am looking to shoot night sky & require a wide angle lens. I currently have a 18-55mm Kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. What is the best lens out there (value for money). I don't wanna ...
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How to avoid vertical glare in astrophotography?

I recently took a few night shots of the Milky Way, but found that I kept getting this weird vertical glare and I don't know why. The below image shows it exaggerated by lights in the distance as well....
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What exposure was used for successful pictures of the “blood moon”?

The moon in total eclipse is very dark, I discovered. My crop-sensor camera and f/5.6 lens was not up to it. I saw some "cherry red" photos in feeds, but without technical details. I used 1/125 ...
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How to capture supermoon using a Fujifilm X100T?

I am a novice photographer. I have a Fujifilm X100T, which has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens. As today is the supermoon lunar eclipse, I want to capture the moon with my camera. I was wondering if ...
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What are the red, blue, and green dots in my night sky photos? [duplicate]

I recently bought a new telephoto lens for my Nikon D5000. With the new lens I started taking pictures of the moon. When I take the pictures I have blue, red, and other colored dots in the photo, ...
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Astro Photography mixed up with lanscape

I've seen a few pictures of the milky way mixed up with people or landscape and tried to reproduce it- without success. My settings: DX 35mm f1.8 ISO 6400 shutterspeed 5 seconds. The sky was "ok" ...
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is it possible to take photographs of the Milky Way with a Panasonic FZ-30 camera?

I have a Panasoinc Lumix FZ30 "SLR-like" camera It can take raw images. It has ISO speed between 80 and 400 and max aperture f2.8 and max 60 seconds of exposure time. I am really eager to take ...
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How could I have improved post-processing on this Milky Way shot?

Last week I went about 40 minutes north of St. Louis to Pere Marquette state park with my family. We went out to watch the meteor shower, and I tried to set up to take some Milky Way shots. I ran ...
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Astrophotography Canon 17-40mm f4L vs Samyang 24mm f/1.4 how much of a difference would there be?

I made my first timelapse lastnight with a 6D and a Canon 17-40mmL. I made it on the outskirts of a city where the light pollution is pretty bad. I was reasonably surprised with the results. I did ...
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How can I capture an image like the stars over a landscape as in the Ubuntu Forever wallpaper?

I am new to photography. I like the Ubuntu 14.04 forever wallpaper the most. I am interested in developing similar photography (or a similar technique, if any). How can this be accomplished? Does ...
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Should I get a dSLR or stick with a bridge camera? [closed]

I am looking to upgrade my canon point and shot compact. I am looking for a camera that will last me 5+ years and is quality. I plan on shooting holidays, nature and astrophotography - I have a ...
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How do I loosen the fit of a T-ring to ease mounting/dismounting a telescope adapter?

I recently bought a reflecting telescope, and along with it a Canon EF T-Ring (and adapter tube) to complement my Canon T3i. The fit is extremely tight, which not only makes it difficult to fully ...
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How can I tell what focal length a zoom lens was set to for a photo of the moon?

It appears that neither the Sony 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 nor the Canon EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 reports the actual focal length to the camera: both cameras' metadata show the lens but report the focal length ...