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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Why is there a grid pattern of darker pixels in this twilight sky flat field? [closed]

This is the first time that I'm really inspecting the calibration images we were taught to take/use during data reduction, and I've noticed something in all the flat fields. The image below clearly ...
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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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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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Measuring angular distance with photographs

Is length in a photograph proportional to angular distance in the photographed scene? Example: I take a picture with the horizon vertically centered. In the picture, I know that the point 1 inch ...
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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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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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What equipment do I need for astrophotography?

Is it possible to create a picture like the following, using a D7100 camera with a standard 55-105mm lens. If not, what is needed for this kind of photography?
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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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Astrophotography with an 800mm

Yesterday I did the following shot of the moon using a 400mm with a 2X: Now, I would like to know if it's possible to shot pictures of planets using just a tripod? This is the first time I'm ...
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How to enhance a cameraphone photo so you can see stars?

In the context of star photography, clearly you are not going to get as good of a photo with a smartphone camera as you could with a real camera and a long exposure. However, provided you have taken a ...
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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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IXUS 70 and astrophotography

I performed astrophotography at the time where CCD were experimental devices. The world has changed, my immediate passions too, and today my camera is a compact (but enough for everyday use) ...
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What camera for astrophotography [closed]

Ok the question was asked what's the best beginners camera. I'm interested in a camera that will take great photos. I used to be an avid amateur photographer in the days of film. I'd like to get back ...
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What would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography?

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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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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Whats the “most amount of moon” acceptable for astrophotography?

The last time I shot the sky, it was a full moon and it completely ruined my shot. What's the maximum amount of moon (i.e. 1/3, 1/2, etc...) that can be out that won't adversely impact a shot of the ...
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Canon 100d : How can I take a picture or timelapse of the Milky Way? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a Canon 100D and I'd really like to take a photo or timelapse the Milky Way. The current lens I have on my camera is the EF-S 18-55mm. Can this work?
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Astrophotography without a Star Tracker [duplicate]

I'm into Astrophotography lately. I'm using a Canon 550D with kit-lens. 1) I found there was a displacement of stars (obviously) in the picture that I stacked. How to solve this as I don't use a ...