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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do I choose a lens to photograph the Milky Way?

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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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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Will a faster lens, like f/1.4, help get better Milky Way images?

I have a Nikon D7000 and don't know whether my 50mm 1.4 or 17-55m 2.8 lens would be better. I was automatically going to go with the 50mm lens, but then I was reading up on how I can use a longer ...
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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 tried using a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...