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Questions tagged [astrophotography]

Astrophotography is the type of photography specializing in celestial objects such as the sun, moon, stars, and sky.

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Is this color-correction explanation gobbledegook?

There are many asking why the Chang'e-4 images of the (far side of the) Moon's surface have an reddish-orange hue. In this answer I suggest that the camera may not use a traditional human-matched ...
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Exposure in Astrophotography [closed]

So, when taking a photo of the stars, I've generally taken photos at about ISO 3200, 20 seconds, f/3.5. I subsequently stack about 5 of them to get rid of the noise, which seems to work relatively ...
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Does the EXIF data “DateTimeOriginal” get recorded at the start or end of the exposure?

I am working to determine the orbit of a satellite based on a long exposure photograph, and need precise observations.
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Connecting a camera to a telescope

in astrophotography with small telescopes there are principally 3 configuration: "prime focus" = NO camera lens + NO telescope eyepiece "eyepiece projection" = NO camera lens + YES telescope ...
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Will my finepix s8600 be enough for the milky way

I'm planning on buying a DSLR soon but impatience got me I decided to take my moms 4 year old bridge camera and give a shot, I took pictures in a mildly light polluted area, and it seemed to have ...
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Lens for Astrophotography/Landscape in a D5500 [closed]

I just got started in photography this year, and I am looking to buy my first lens. I am mostly focused in astrophotography (meaning pictures of the night sky, not through a telescope) and landscape ...
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What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon?

While I'm satisfied (despite the fringe) with shoots from a partially visible moon with a cheap 500 mm lens: 1/100 ISO 100 f/? I cannot understand why the image quality is extremely diminished when ...
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Is it picture noise or did I captured the stars of our galaxy?

I captured this image of empty sky using my phone in the direction of orion constellation and applied some filters using an app. Can anyone explain what is this?
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How to improve my milky way shot?

After following some tutorials and some posts here, I ended up finding a camera setting where I could indeed capture the milky way. The setting I used is: ISO 6400 18 mm f/3.5 30.0 sec And this is ...
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Is the “Amazon Basics” tripod worthwhile for night landscapes and astrophotography? [duplicate]

I am learning photography. I am really interested in night landscapes, moon, star trails. I need a cheap tripod, but not a useless one. Is the Amazon Basics tripod worth getting? It's 60 inches. I'm ...
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Why do concentric circles appear in long-exposure photograph of the sky?

I used my phone with long-exposure mode to capture the night sky. The focus was set to far point. Why do concentric circles appear in long-exposure photograph of the sky? After levels adjustment to ...
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Is Star trail photography possible on smartphone cameras

I own a motorola G5s+ and I was wondering if we shoot video in manual mode, is it possible to have the camera record star trails. If so, what settings would be ideal? How would you change them ...
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Is it possible to take photographs of the stars at night using lower-end equipment?

I have tried taking photographs of the night sky using a tripod with the following portable cameras / cell phones in manual and automatic modes: Canon Powershot SX230HS Sony DSC-TX10 Sony DSC-TX30 ...
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What kind of filter do I need for safe sun photography?

I'm a novice photographer but I'm really interested in Astrophotography. Since I don't want to go full equipment, spending too much, without knowing the basis, I need to ask for help here on Stack. I ...
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The 500 rule - astrophotography [duplicate]

I'm a newbie on everything that surrounds astrophotography. I've been reading about the 500 rule and how to avoid star trails. My question is why you divide by the focal length? I mean how the focal ...
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Xiaomi Redmi 4A astrophotography [duplicate]

i own a Xiaomi Redmi 4A smartphone and i have access to fairly dark site to observe the night sky.I would like to know if it is possible to get a good photo of the milky way. (f/2.2 , I can choose ...
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How to take photos of planets with smartphone?

I'm not sure if this the right forum to post this question. I'm trying to find what is the best option to take photos of planets using smart phone. I have a Google Pixel XL, and I'm looking for a good ...
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Is this band of light near the horizon light pollution or possibly airglow?

I took some night photos at Natural Bridges Natural Monument in Utah, United States. This is a very dark site which is Class 2 on the Bortle scale. See the Dark sky map. I took the photos mid-May, ...
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How to edit my RAW photo to make the stars come out more?

I've been taken night photography photos with my Sony A6000 in RAW+JPEG. There should be a lot more potential in RAW, but I can't make it look as visually pleasing as the JPEG. In particular, the ...
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Why is there a “ring” mark in night photos?

Recently started astrophotography with a used Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens purchased from the original owner. The lens is scratch free, clean, and well kept. All focus options work perfectly in manual ...
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Multiple copies of the same exposure, but randomizing the noise?

As a budding astrophotographer, I find my results are still largely hit or miss. Sometimes the standard procedure of stacking multiple exposures to randomize the noise and boost the signal works ...
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Barlow vs eyepiece projection: which is better for planetary and nebula photography?

Which is best for planetary and nebula imaging? Barlow or eyepiece projection? I have Celestron Travel Scope 70mm telescope and use a Nikon D3300 camera. I need to take photos of planets and nebula ...
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Portable astrophotography mount/tripod suggestion

I have a while doing astrophoto with a DSLR and a IOptron Skytracker, and I'm looking to advance in astrophotography. The problem is that I live in Canada, Montreal to be exact. The weather here is ...
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What is a tracked and un-tracked image? I can't find anything about it.

I've been trying to figure out from seeing an Instagram photo where the guy made a long exposure shot combining the stars and the crashing waves into one and I can't understand how he did it. He said ...
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How can those star-trails be non-circular?

Due to the rotation of the Earth, over the course of the night, stars will appear to turn around the celestial pole. This means we can photograph star trails (desired or not). Physically, any star ...
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Further improving my astrophotography

So, I've built a barn door tracker: and I was astonished that pictures just got better: That's Alcor and Mizar, and in the top right part, the fuzzy thing is the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101). It's a ...
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Which lens is recommendable for landscape astro photos with Sony A7Riii? [duplicate]

The new Sony A7R III has a 42 megapixel sensor and both a really good resolution and overall photo quality. But it is also challenging the lenses. So far, there is only one ultra-wide angle lens for ...
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Which planet looks the biggest through a camera? Which planet is the easiest to take a picture?

I wanted to start astrophotography. Let's assume that I want to take pictures of planets when they are the closest to the planet earth, which planet would look the biggest thought a telephoto lens? ...
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Astrophotography: Balancing the ISO value

I went outside last night and made some... pictures. The details about my setup: Sony alpha 6000 Varexon 2.8/135mm lens (would be 202.5mm on 36mm film) ISO 25600 3 seconds (a bit too long, given the ...
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How can I achieve more clarity in my photos of the moon?

I took this photo of the blood moon this morning and I am finding many of my photos, especially landscape photos, have a significant lack of clarity. I'm not looking for a photo critique because I ...
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NIght Photography while at sea

My son is in the US Navy. He wants me to figure out which compact camera would allow him to take pictures at night while at sea of the stars, and bio-luminescence. Unfortunately, while he can use a ...
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time-lapse photograh

when i have a sequence of individual pictures, how can I create a single frame like this? My tools are GIMP and/or Darktable. Kindly help.
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What are the reasons for not taking super long exposures (hours) in astrophotography?

I am doing some research to get into astrophotography. Most of tutorials recommend taking multiple exposures and then stacking them. That makes me wonder: provided that the camera is on a tracking ...
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The right aperture for capturing stars?

I recently had the chance to photograph an astronomical event - and this was my first foray into night-sky photography. I had two lenses that I used: 85mm f/1.2 shot at f/1.2 through f/2.8 16-35mm f/...
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How to get Canon 1200D quantum efficency plot?

I've searched quantum efficency of Canon 1200D and I found some images like here: http://www.deep-sky.co.uk/imaging/dslr/dslr.htm . How these people get quantum efficency plots for mentioned Canon 40D?...
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What is the reddish cloud in the center of the photo?

I am a beginner at photography, I tried to click photographs of the night sky. The image has a weird reddish cloud at the center, I first thought it might be because of light pollution but then I ...
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Why is DeepSkyStacker output resolution off?

I am using DeepSkyStacker version 3.3.2 to stack 20 light frames of some stars. The registration and stacking goes off without a hitch, but the resulting image resolution has drastically changed. The ...
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Are fast lenses needed for astro photography?

I'm experimenting more with astro photography at the moment, and have seen tips saying 'use fast lenses'. So far I'm usually at around f/4-5.6, so not exactly fast. I know I'm placing more load on ...
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What attributes of a bridge camera are most important for astrophotography?

I am planning to take a bridge camera, which apart from the usual personal events usage would be used for astrophotography. I have seen the models and most of them have decent zoom to start off with. ...
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Why is my nighttime sky image so poor (few stars and a yellow glow)?

I am new to astrophotography and I take most of my pictures at around 11pm, which is reasonably dark. The only lights which are on near me are street lights and they are behind trees. I am struggling ...
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Can I take clear night sky photographs with my smartphone?

is it possible to take clear night sky shots with stars/ planets visible from Redmi Note 4? what settings do I use? when I try to take it just comes black, unless on full moon day with HDR, though ...
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Is this an ISS capture?

I am not sure my question is on topic but I am going to fire it likewise. I was wondering about the straight line captured in the picture posted at the bottom left side. If not mistaken, I 've seen ...
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Do I need to take bias frames for long exposure astrophotography?

I have read many places that for the best calibrated astrophotographs, you should be taking bias frames, dark frames, and flat frames. But on a forum I read the following statement You usually don'...
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Siril stacking algorithm

I am looking at the tutorial page for the astrophotography image processing software "Siril". I am trying to determine which stacking algorithm I should be using. Based on the information on the ...
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How to take astrophotographs with terrestrial objects in frame

I have quite often viewed widefield astrophotographs with terrestial objects in frame, most commonly mountains. Based on what I have learned on astrophotogrphy, it seems like these photographs must ...
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Does FITS file format contain color information?

I am trying my hand at astrophotography. I am using the software Siril on Linux to stack my images. This software uses the .fit file extension (for the FITS format). It seems to me like FITS is in ...
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What should I look for in a camera for shooting in bulb mode for astrophotography?

I am interested in astrophography and I would like to learn and experiment with long exposure. I have been looking around for some dslr cameras but I can't find much information about bulb mode for ...
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why do I have red dots all over the foreground of my stars long exposure shot [duplicate]

I have a 60D and have never had this problem before although I have never set the exposure for 30 minutes I am so disappointed its a great shot
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How can I get settings right on my new DSLR for twilight moonsets and moonrises? [duplicate]

I recently got my first DSLR, and am trying to learn the best approach settings-wise for a specific type of photo, namely twilight moonsets and moonrises. The camera is a Nikon D5600 which came with ...
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How can I avoid star trails? [duplicate]

When shooting deep sky objects such as Andromeda or the Orion nebula, I find that I'm between a rock and a hard place. I can get passable results by running 3600 ISO and four second exposure. Any ...