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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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What is the basic gear for astrophotography?

I have a Canon 60D and would like to start doing some astrophotography and/or time-lapses of the Milky Way. I know I need to buy a special tripod, one with either ecuatorial mount or a computer ...
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What special equipment is needed to photograph the sun?

I have just seen some photos of the sun which someone did from their own backyard. Not sure what sort of equipment he used, but what could I use to photograph the sun with my DSLR? I have a Nikon ...
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How to shoot stars much bigger without trails?

I know it looks unreal/fake, but how can I take photos like this example? It's not a very long exposure because there are no trails. Also Betelgeuse looks noticeably red and it's cool. You can also ...
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How to predict when the moon will appear large?

Over the last few days, here in Eastern Canada, the moon (Full and close to it) has been appearing very large in the atmosphere around sunset. I know that also happens at around 2->3:00 am in the ...
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Can an M42 mount be used to attach an A-mount Sony camera to a NexStar telescope?

Do the NexStar-series telescopes allow for a camera to be attached using an M42 adapter?
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Practicality of using a telescope as a super telephoto lens?

This might earn me stupid question of the week honors, but reading this question made me wonder whether it would ever make sense to use a astronomy telescope + camera mount as an earthbound zoom lens? ...
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Can I intercept and interpret the autofocus signals sent to the lens?

I would like to use a Nikon D80 body with a reflecting telescope as the lens to take pictures of bright/textured objects in the night sky (e.g. the moon). The D80 has autofocus capabilities; the ...
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Are meteors dim?

I was out last night trying to shoot the Geminids meteor shower. I was using a Canon 5D2, 17-40mm f4.0 lens set to 17mm and f4.0, ISO 400. The camera was mounted on a non-tracking mount (only because ...
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How to calculate the size of the image circle at infinity focus?

How can I determine the diameter of the image circle (i.e. the diagonal size of CCD required to fully utilise a telescope's optics) at near-infinity focus? I have looked around online and found this ...
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Does the Canon 60Da offer significant advantage over 60D with infrared filter for astrophotography?

I am looking to buy a new camera to upgrade from my 1000D. I found the 60D to meet most of my needs but came across the 60Da variant when trying to make a decision. The price difference is ...
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What is the “Rule of 600” in astrophotography?

This question mentions the "Rule of 600" for avoiding star-trails in astrophotography. What is this rule? How was it derived? How should it be applied?
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What settings should i put my Nikon D3100 on to photograph the moon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to capture details of the moon? I have a Nikon D3100 and I have 2 lenses; the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I'm unsure of what camera settings I need to use to get a ...
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Lens and tripod for deep space photography

I'm interested in deep space astro-photography, especially galaxies and nebulae. I wonder what is the best way to obtain a very good quality, at a decent price : A small telescope with a very good ...
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A budget tripod for astrophotography ball-head or 3-way pan-head?

I am currently looking for a tripod for astrophotography, I wonder is there any significant difference between a tripod with a ball-head or one with a 3-way pan-head? Like say in terms of the ...
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Which compact camera to shoot stars, moon and hopefully planets and sun?

I need a new camera! My Canon IXUS is now very old. What I want to be able to do is take photos of the night sky (stars, moon, planets) and the sun. Well, ideally! I have been looking at a bridge ...
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How do I stitch two star trails photos taken by different cameras?

Last night I took some star trails photos. I set the shutter speed to 30", put the camera in burst mode and used my remote shutter release (with shutter button lock) to hold down the shutter button. I ...
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How does light pollution affect astrophotography?

Light pollution by definition, adds more artificial light to the atmosphere. But how does this affect astrophotography? Do lights from the ground affect photographs of the sky (At the longer ...
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Co-linear dual tripod mount for huge lenses

I am about to buy a fun super-zoom mirror lens which is so long it has its own tripod mount. To protect the camera, I am wondering if there is a mount accessory which will allow for two items to be ...
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Astrophotography picture with too much noise. How do I correct this in postprocessing?

This is the Milky Way above Kakadu National Park, Australia, and my first try at astrophotography. Thirty second exposure, f/4.0 at 17mm with ISO 12800 (!!) which in hindsight probably was way too ...
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Why don't usual pictures of Sun show any protuberance or explosions?

I was just looking at this picture : http://i.imgur.com/69in3.jpg and wondered why no Corona or trace of the little explosions on the surface of the Sun are visible ... How should the Sun be ...
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What variable maximizes color in astrophotography?

I'm doing some research in astrophotography before my trip to Yellowstone and I'm most interested in pulling the color of the galaxies. I will be using a Canon 7D. What should I be focusing on in ...
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What can be used to “fight” light pollution in astrophotography?

I just read an answer to a question regarding astrophotography and I wonder what filters (and other stuff that helps) I can use for astrophotography for reducing the "effect" of light pollution. I ...
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Why milky way galaxy cannot be seen by human eye while by camera?

I was wondering by seeing the photos of Milky way galaxy, that how exciting it would be if we could see all those colors and stars like in those photographs (eg. below). source: ...
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Why are Curiosity Mars rover photos black and white with huge white border?

Bellow is the first actual-size photo of Mars taken from the NASA's rover "Curiosity". On the NASA's website you can see other images. Despite the fact that the planet's photos are fascinating, they ...
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What is mapped color and how to use them in astro-photography?

On some astro-photography website, I come across some incredible images with caption that says "X in mapped color" such as: http://www.rc-astro.com/photo/id1066_big.html What is mapped color? Why and ...
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Does long exposure cause hot pixels in photos?

Today, I was taking some shots of night sky. For each, I had 20 sec exposure. During picture review, I found a red dot which is referred as "Hot Pixel" according to some people on the Internet. ...
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Software suggestion to locate stars

I want to photograph the night sky and maybe get a Milkyway in the shot but dont know what position or time. Can you please recommend a software or a website that can let me know the position of the ...
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How do I set the focus in long exposure night sky shots?

I want to catch a good long exposure (5 - 15 seconds) shot of the International Space Station in the night sky as it passes over my city. Setting the ISO higher (say, to 100) and the exposure time is ...
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What would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography? [closed]

I'm looking to start - finally, getting into photography again. I used to have a Pentax 1000 years ago that I used for B&W pics. Now, I want to get into both outdoor photography and ...
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Astro-Photography with Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope and Canon EOS?

I have a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope from Celestron C70 and I am interested in the Astro-photography. I want to know, if I can use this telescope to attach with my Canon 600D? Do I need anything ...
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Can taking photo of the moon and/or stars at night cause damage to the camera sensor?

We know that taking photo of the sun can cause some degree of damage to the camera and our eyes. So, are there any damage to the camera (point and shoot / DSLR) when taking photo of the moon and/or ...
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What do I need to know before attempting to photograph Venus in transit?

This Tuesday will be the last chance to view Venus in transit for the next 100+ years, so I'm planning to make the most of it. I'd also like to capture what I see for posterity, but this type of event ...
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How can I get correct focus on the moon or stars with my DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to nail focus for DSLR astrophotography? I don't know if D5100 is right camera for this kind of stuff, but I would like to shoot night sky covering moon, stars and ...
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How to take photos of a solar eclipse without damaging one's eyes or camera?

This upcoming May parts of the USA will experience a solar eclipse. So this leads to me wondering how you photograph the sun/solar eclipses and ensure that you do not damage the camera (or your ...
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Is astrophotography basically pointless with a moon in the sky?

I want to take some astrophotography shots of objects in the sky while not keeping the moon in the shot. I have read in a few places that you need essentially a moonless sky to do so. Does that mean ...
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Can I use BULB setting when taking remote pictures?

I have a Canon XTi/400D, which I connect to my Mac OS X 10.6 and am trying to take pictures when tethered to it using EOS Utility, but I am not able to use the BULB setting on my laptop. Is this ...
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What kind of camera do I need to capture deep space images?

By deep space image, I mean below kind. In the background it is space dust, I think. Is it dependent on camera or location? If on camera, what kind of cameras are capable to capture this kind of ...
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How does Peter Lik manage to capture the stars in such detail in the following photograph?

Here's the picture: I'm curious to know what techniques (i.e. shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc...) he uses to capture the stars so vibrantly (assuming it wasn't Photoshopped). I'm guessing it was ...
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How to shoot images from a home telescope using a digital SLR?

I have a Meade Refracting Telescope and I have a Nikon D-50 camera. I would love to take pictures of Moon, etc as seen in my telescope using my camera. What is the best way to do that?
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Am I on the right track for astro photography?

After viewing a few photographs of the Milky Way, I have become obsessed with creating my own. I went out and purchased a new full frame camera with a 24 f1.4 lens. Am I on the right track with this ...
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Are there any decent telescopes for around $250 that I can mount my Canon 60D to?

I am looking to buy a telescope for about $250, are there any at that price range that can be mounted on a Canon body?
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How were these Astronomy Photographer of the Year images produced?

Looking at the winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year, I'm wondering, how can one produce shots like these: ...
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What times and settings should I use for taking pictures of stars at night and falling stars?

The season of the falling stars started and I want to try to achieve some picture of stars and falling one too. I see a lot of picture with a immense number of stars but they are still. Now I'm ...
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How can they take pictures of the Milky Way?

I have had a trivial question for a long time. I can't understand how you can take a picture of outside of a thing, when you are a very small dot in it. Really, how did they take these pictures of ...
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Are mirror lenses appropriate for DSLR astrophotography?

There's a whole host of inexpensive mirror lenses available in the 500 mm - 800 mm range (this for example). They have slow max apertures (f/5.6-8) and a donut shaped bokeh (not a problem ...
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What is a decent beginner's camera for astrophotography?

I have a Celestron Astromaster 114EQ and live in a city (so light pollution is pretty bad). What would be a reasonable DSLR camera for taking photos of the moon and planets? My budget is under £250 ...
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How to nail focus for DSLR astrophotography?

I've been doing a bit of astrophotography and the problem that I almost always have is nailing focus. I'll manually focus on a bright star or the moon (which hopefully isn't an option!) by magnifying ...
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How important is a camera with improved Hydrogen Alpha sensitivity to astrophotography?

Right now I'm just using an unmodified digital SLR when I take photos, but I've heard that ordinary DSLRs have a filter on them that reduces what it picks up on the low (red) end. How much of a ...
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What is image stacking as it relates to astrophotography?

What is 'image stacking' and how can I apply it to my astrophotography to create better looking photographs? Are there any 'must have' resources for learning how to image stack for the purposes of ...
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What can I do to prevent sudden “jumps” in the tracking motor during long time exposures?

I occasionally have sudden jumps (visible after the exposure as all stars are "doubled") in the tracking stepper. How do I fix this problem?