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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 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 ...
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DSLR long exposures and sensor overheat

I'm starting in astrophotography with Canon 1100d and 75-300mm lens. My first goal is Milky Way. I read in a article that long exposures cause overheating sensor and even may damage it. Is it true? If ...
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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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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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Noise reduction before or after deconvolution?

NR before or after sharpening has been asked and answered, but deconvolution is much more complicated than simple USM. Many deconvolution algorithms have their own methods of handling noise, so I'm ...
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Is it a good idea to adapt a canon FD 50mm F1.8 on a MFT camera (lumix G5) for night sky shots?

I think it will allow around 10 seconds exposure without star trails, but needed to get inputs form anyone who had used this setup before. I couldn't find any sample photos online. From the chart here ...
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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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Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera?

Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera? It seems to me that doing it manually in software can't be any worse, and can be better by using a dark frame that is 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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Shoot stars or planets with zoomlens.. How to compensate motion? [duplicate]

I know I have to use a wide angle lens for astrophotography, but lets assume i really want to focus on a small spot and capture very faint stars... I'd have 2 requirements that dont cope very well: ...
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Attaching a bridge camera to a telescope (62mm filter piece to a T-ring)

I'm looking into buying the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera. While my main use for it is to shoot 4K video and some slow-motion stuff, I would also like to use it with a telescope. The FZ1000 ...
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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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Can you take a picture of a milky way on a canon EOS 300?

I really want to take a picture of the Milky Way using my camera. I'm not sure if it is able to pick it up? The lens I am currently using is a Canon EF 55-200mm. Should I be able to this?
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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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Printing Milky Way Photos

I want to print out either of these two Milky Way Photos on a 12x18 size photograph (Or vise versa if it is horizontal). http://500px.com/photo/77785439/milky-way-touching-the-trees-by-tom-jones ...
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Why did this photo of the Milky Way turn out badly?

I followed these instructions and written down the steps I understood to be important, that is: shutter speed = 600 / focal length * crop factor (1.5 for APS-C sensors) ISO = 6000 * f-stop^2 / ...
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How do I capture the milky way?

Can the milky way actually be photographed like this? I know the image is manipulated, and is probably a composite, but how do you capture such contrast in the milky way? Is an equitorially mounted ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can you photograph the milky way with a full moon out?

Is it possible to photograph the milky way (or just any stars or stellar objects) when a full moon is out?
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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 ...
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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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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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Capturing astro photography with D7100

I just bought a Nikon D7100, with the basic kit lens 18-105mm. I was wondering, if I can capture stars or milky way with it. Will the answer to this question work for me? As it says 24mm on f/2. Also ...
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Capturing the Milky Way: what did I do wrong?

Back when I was a beginner in photography (I mean, a real one, using auto settings and stuff), I made this shot of the beautiful Finnish sky: Settings: 30 sec, f/5, ISO 3200, 18 mm Gear: Nikon D60 ...
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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 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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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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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 am I unable to capture as many stars as I can see with my eyes with my new DSLR?

I have recently been given a Nikon D7000 as a gift. I have been trying to take pictures of stars on very clear nights. However, I am unable to make the camera capture many of the stars. My eyes seem ...
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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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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 causes and how can I avoid this moiré pattern in a composite night sky photograph?

I'm new to taking star trails, and fairly new to photography in general. After my first attempt at taking a star trail, I composited them in Photoshop and when I merged the layers I got this pattern ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What causes faint circles in astrophotography images?

When processing an astro-images taken with a Canon 450D and prime focus, I often end up with a series of faint circles radiating outwards from an off centre point. What are they and how do I get rid ...
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How do I convert a single FITS image into Red, Green and Blue images? [closed]

I've been looking for a software to get a FITS file and export 1 file for each of the RED, GREEN and BLUE channels. I came across Nebulosity last week, but I can't buy it's licence since I live in ...
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Longer exposure & lower ISO or shorter exposure & higher ISO - what gives better results when photographing stars?

I've been dabbling with night landscapes and star photography with varying levels of success. I know I don't have the ideal lens (Canon 17-40mm f4 on a Canon 6D body) but I've seen some great shots ...
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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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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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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 ...