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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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Increasing field of view for astrophotography

I have a camera adapter for my 1200mm reflector that I can put eyepieces in and I've tried it a few times but the area I'm photographing is too narrow, even at prime focus. (no eyepiece) I only get a ...
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How to plan the composition of astrophotography?

I want to shoot the Milky Way, some constellations, and planets. I want to include some natural landscapes in these photos, similar to these: ...
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What technique and settings should I use to capture meteor showers?

I'm just starting out with astrophotography and have read that this years most spectacular meteor shower display (at least where I live in Canberra, Australia) will be the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower: ...
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How do I know what celestial events will be visible soon?

I want to get into astrophotography, and would like subjects that are a bit more unusual than the things we see every night like constellations and the moon. Where can I read about upcoming celestial ...
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Are hot pixels just one pixel?

I have been taking a few astro photos on a very high ISO, and have found what I think to be a few hot pixel. I though at first that I had managed to get a few very sharp pic of some red and blue ...
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Will I hurt my camera if I take a picture of the Sun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions? Title says it all...can taking a picture of the sun damage any of the components? And along the same lines, ...
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How can I avoid star trails without an expensive tracking mount?

I want to take pictures of the Milky Way or a lunar eclipse or earth glow on the moon, but I don't have an equatorial tracking mount, and don't want to spend that much money on one. How can I get ...
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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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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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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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How can I simulate a long exposure photo using a set of shorter exposure photos?

I'm shooting towards the sky to capture the stars. The exposure time is 15 seconds, so I can see the stars still, without a trace. These photos are taken continuously one after the other, because I ...
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Tips for photographing long star trails [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips for landscape+stars photography? I need some tips and tricks for photographing long star trails. Some of the questions I am thinking about are: What aperture/ISO? ...
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How to photograph a partial solar eclipse?

There will be a partial solar eclipse tomorrow visible from Europe, Africa, Asia. I'm looking for photography tips. Looking for ideas for a typical amateur photographer but also for someone having a ...
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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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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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How do you photograph a lunar eclipse?

Tonight is the night of a lunar eclipse, and I'm curious, what kinds of tips do you guys have for photographing one? I'd like solutions for both consumer-grade equipment, as well as DSLRs, so that ...
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What's the best technique and kit for taking a picture of the Milky Way in a nearly pitch black landscape?

I've tried but I don't think my kit is good enough. How do you take pictures of something like the milky way? And if you've never actually SEEN the milky way, then you definitely MUST take a trip to ...
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What filters are commonly used in photographing the moon with a DSLR at night without a telescope?

All my, very limited, experience photographing the moon has been through small telescopes with low resolution mono-chrome cameras. Limited in that I prefer deep space objects with large scopes at very ...
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How do I digitally post process Moon photos?

I've created a few photos of the Moon using a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope and a DSLR. I've tried different ISO settings, shutter speed, bracketing to find the best settings. Here I show a (reduced ...
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Astrophotography: real aperture vs f-number?

Reading up on astrophotography, there seems to be a movement that believes real aperture (diameter of iris) is more important than f-number when talking about speed. How and where did this come from? ...
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Which intervalometer for time-lapse astrophotography will work with a Canon 450D?

I've long been interested in astrophotography, and it was one of the primary reasons I purchased my Canon 450D about 15 months ago. I've been working on getting milky way shots for the last 6 months, ...
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Tips for landscape+stars photography?

I'm leaving for holidays tomorrow, and there's a good chance that I'll be able to be by night on a field with no artificial light around, and no moon in the sky. I'd love to take some picture of the ...
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How do I get started in Astrophotography?

I have a Canon 20D. I'd love to take some photos of the moon and stars. How do I get started? I've search the web and the information is sparse and cryptic. I'd like to know what equipment is the ...
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How do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?

All my attempts to get a good shot of the full moon with my DSLR result in an overexposed circle on a black background. I've used a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, but ...