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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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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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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 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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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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Can I combine two photos to get a good image of a non-full moon?

Is there a good combo of longer exposure and shorter exposure that I can use to get two photos of the moon that I can then combine to show the sun-lit side and the earth-lit side together so I have ...
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Astrophotography, image stabilization on or off?

Should the image stabilization be on or off when shooting astrophotography on a tracking mount? On one hand i think that it might stabilize any vibration caused by the camera, shutter or whatsoever, ...
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What lens characteristics are important in star photography?

In optimal world I would buy a lens that is good in every way. But I'm on a budget and have to find a balance in quality and price. I'm looking for a lens for star photography, so in my case it will ...
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Deep Sky Photography with telescope without Tracking

I tried photographing moon and Saturn with a 8'' Dobsonian (without tracking). And it was a breeze. But I had to follow the '600 rule', i.e I only exposed it for less than (600/f) sec ~ 1/2 sec. But ...
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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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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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Best opensource/ free stacking software for mac for astrophotography

I am using snow leopard and mainly want it to automate the stacking as much as possible. I have seen that PixInSight looks pretty awesome, but that's not free, in-fact far from it, so I want something ...
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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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Which galaxies can we photograph with a DSLR and a telephoto lens?

I see a lot of photos of the milky way by photographers using wide angle lenses. I'm wondering if there are other galaxies that can be photographed by using a telephoto lens (>500mm). How do I figure ...
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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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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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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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Pixel-to-RA/DEC mapping in digitized astrophotography

I have a 1443x998 picture of the stars (taken w/ a 35mm camera and then scanned) with the following stars at the following pixel locations: Altair x=782, y=532 [19h50m46.9990s RA, +08 52'05.959'' ...
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How can I capture earthshine?

I am preparing for a photowalk with the purpose of catching earthshine (the part of the moon unlit by the sun but slightly glowing/visible because it catches some sunlight reflected by the earth). I ...
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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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How can I match light levels in a composite / panorama astronomy photo?

I have made a mosaique of the sun, but all pictures have different light levels. I was wondering how to match these colors to be the same everywhere. So basically I need all the pink to be the same ...
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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 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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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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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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Any help on suitable milkyway lenses

I'm looking at buying a new lens for some night photography out in rural Australia. I'm in the middle of a national park for the next 6 months so light pollution isn't an issue and the skies are too ...
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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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What camera equipment do I need for deep space photography?

I have a Skywatcher-127 telescope and would like to take some deep space images e.g. globular clusters etc. I have had recommendations about what webcam to use for planetary photography but not deep ...
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How do I choose a telescope for space and planets photography?

I am new to photography. I just bought a beginner's camera, a Nikon DSLR 3100. I am interested in space and planet photography. How do I select a beginners's telescope for this purpose, and how to ...
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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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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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Can a Samsung NX300 shoot without a lens, for attaching to a telescope?

Can I take pictures on my NX300 without a lens attached? I have read threads about this, however my issue is somewhat different. I want to attach my camera to my telescope, and take astro-pictures. I ...
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Which tracking motor to use for low-end wide-angle astrophotography?

I'd like to dabble in photographing the milky way in wide-angle, say 10mm, with long exposure times/time lapse, and maybe some longer photography lenses, but not mounted to a telescope. To avoid ...
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Is astrophotography possible in high humidity?

With all other conditions ideal (no light pollution, no clouds, no moon, right camera gear) but with a high relative humidity (up to 70%), will getting wide angle shots of the Milky Way, for example, ...
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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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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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Methods for dithering a DSLR

I have been doing nighttime landscape astrophotography for about a year now and really want to start uping my game. In order to get the highest signal to noise ratio possible, it is driving me to the ...
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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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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 can I do astrophotography with my 70-300mm lens?

I got a Nikon 70-300mm lens as it was on discount. I want to know if I can do astrophotography with it? I want to maximize the use of the lens. I wanted to get a 34-300 mm lens, but it was expensive. ...
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Continuous Bursts of Many Short Exposures vs. A Few Long Exposures for Astrophotography?

When reading many sources that address doing astrophotography, I often see the advice to take multiple exposures and stack them rather than one long exposure. Often the reason given is that the longer ...
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Combining multiple exposures

I find it interesting that the idea of combining bracketed exposures to increase the recorded range of brightness has gone mainstream (known as HDR) to, the point where it is built into the camera's ...
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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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Can I get longer than 15 second exposure with my canon SX 50?

I am new to photography and I was hoping to go take some pictures of star trails this weekend. I just bought this camera this week and I realized that the highest shutter speed is 15 seconds. Is there ...
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How to reduce Jupiter brightness in the photo?

I am struggling to set correct parameters to get a nice shot of Jupiter in the night sky. I am using DMC-FZ200 and I get a result like this: Moons are clearly visible, but the planet itself is way ...
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Stack star photos without trails but WITH sharp foreground?

I have a Nikon D5100 and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 I want to stack multiple star pictures while also keeping some interesting foreground for context. I don't want star trails though. I understand that ...
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Does an already set (or not yet risen) moon still wash out stars?

If there's a decently sized moon (say, 50% visibility or more) but you still have a few hours of time before moonrise/after moonset, will the moon still wash out stars the same as if it were visible ...
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Linux software for stacking and RAW processing

I'm starting with astrophotography and my DSLR produces CR2 raw images. I use Linux and want to stack series of shots and do RAW processing (curves, RGB balance, etc.) I googled and found software ...
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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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What should I look for in a camera which could cover all of astrophotography, microscopy and general purpose photography?

I am new to photography but I have done a lot of microscopy (confocal, light, etc...). I am familiar with optics and image processing. I want to set-up a telescope at home and maybe in the future a ...
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How long does the exposure have to be for a specific astrophotography object with a given lense, iso and aperture?

how do I know how many frames I need (overall exposure) for a particular object at a given ISO setting? (200mm, f2.8, canon 6D) I will be shooting on a barndoor tracker, at a very dark place about 40 ...