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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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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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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Micro 4/3 adapter for T-mount astronomy camera?

Does there exist an adapter to mount Micro 4/3 lenses on a T-mount camera (43mm x 0.75mm thread)? I want to attach the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 Micro 4/3 lens to an Atik astronomical ...
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How can I improve my milky way photographs?

I am new to the astrophotography world. My camera is a Canon SL2 and I use a Tokina 11-16mm trying to shoot the milky way at 14mm I noticed that my milky way shots do not look remotely close to some ...
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How to remove satellite streaks from photos?

I found myself struggling a bit removing satellite streaks from my astrophotography. The best option that I found is to use the Healing brush tool in Photoshop, but this has the danger of removing ...
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Using a tilt shift lens on a star tracker

When I take night sky images I generally try to include a nice landscape in the foreground. I mostly use a 15-30mm F/2.8 lens with a star tracker to get 3-4 minute long exposures of the night sky. I ...
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Why does stacking reduce star color?

I attempted to photograph the Big Dipper last summer. While I am very happy with the overall result, I recently found that the color of the stars has been greatly reduced during stacking. The ...
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New Pi camera - any good for Astrophotography?

So, the Pi Foundation have released a new camera, Some specs: 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor 1.55μm × 1.55μm pixel size – double the pixel area of IMX219 Back-illuminated sensor architecture for ...
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Dark Frames for Long Exposure on a tracker?

I have come across the concept of dark and bias frames for astrophotography recently. Usually, I exposes my shot for 15+ minutes on a star tracker at ISO=320. I take around 5-8 shots a night and I ...
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How does one actually *use* a dark frame?

All of my images were shot RAW, but jpg versions are below for context. I'm brand new to this and have taken the three images according to info I found online. My first problem is that my picture of ...
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What interval between photos is recommended for shooting meteors?

I plan on shooting the Perseid meteor shower in one of the next nights (probably August 11-12). It is my first time (purposely) taking photos of meteors. I will be using my 18-55mm kit lens (this is ...
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Would it be safe to mount a metal adapter to my cameras hot shoe or would I risk damaging it by short?

Today I received a red dot finder wich I intent to use with 500-1000mm lenses. It turned out that it has a metal cold shoe, may I mount this on my Sony A7 or would I risk some damage by shorting ...
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Hydrogen Alpha Filters (Buying The Right One and How It's Used)

I am looking to purchase my first hydrogen-alpha filter to use for day solar (Sun) photography as I just recently purchased a SkyGuider Pro device. However, upon several bouts of research I am at a ...
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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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Quilted/Tiled Image Sensor: How do you eliminate stripes of missing photos in huge quilted sensors?

Background: This question is largely inspired by one of the answers in: What limits the size of digital imaging sensors? So the answer mentions uber-large image sensors that are made by "quilting" or ...
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How do I keep it from moving out of the frame so fast when taking a video of Jupiter?

This year on my birthday my sister gave me a 70mm telescope and a small camera. I tried to take a video of Jupiter, so I can learn how to stack and edit astrophotography images. But I noticed Jupiter ...
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How to distinguish between real stars and noise?

JPG 3468X4624 f/1.8 5.23mm 10sec Iso:1600 [13]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/70iZf.jpg![enter image description here](https://i.stack.imgur.com/axIn9.jpg)
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Focussing on a star with wide angle 14mm lens

Has anyone discovered a better way than trial and error to focus on a star - (for Milky Way Astrophotography)? I am using a Canon 5D Mk2 with a 14-40mm lens at 14mm. My Settings are ISO 12800 and ...
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Why is the North America Nebula so hard to see on this astrophoto?

Parameters: Canon EOS 70D, astromodified Canon EF 100–400 mm f/4.5–5.6 L IS Astronomik UHC filter iOptron Pro mount + bar with 1.5 kg counterweight + Slik travel tripod ISO 1000 150 mm f/5 50×13"...
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How can I use the 200 seconds exposure time in Raspberry Pi HQ camera?

I would like to use the Raspberry pi HQ camera for astrophotography. I have read in the answers and comments on this question that I should be able to use a maximum exposure time of 200 seconds. This ...
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Equivalent of the 500 rule for working out how many frames you can take with a given focal length before resetting/moving a manual mount?

I'm new to astrophotography and I don't have a tracker. I just have a light pollution filter, an intervalometer and a camera on a tripod with a few different prime lenses. I'm using deep sky stacker ...
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Do you have to account for crop factor in the NPF rule?

The NPF rule is somewhat more "advanced" and more accurate than the 600 or 500 rule for astrophotography - both the latter tend to still produce star trails as camera resolution increased in ...
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Why can't I see anything in the viewfinder or via Live View when my camera is connected to my telescope?

So I recently purchased a Canon T7 and a t-ring & adapter, and extension tube. I have a Celestron LCM 114 and I can't see anything. I attached my camera to the telescope and I can't see anything. ...
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What causes the fake colors of stars on these pictures?

About two years ago I was at a spot with a beautiful night sky with no moon so I tried to get some pictures of the sky. I wasn't well equipped back then, I had a 35mm f1.8 lens and Nikon D50. I didn't ...
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Why is the earth not overexposed in this star photo from the ISS?

The NASA Image of the day on August 6, 2020, is this picture titled "A Starry Sky Above the Earth's Atmospheric Glow": (Source and full resolution Image) When looking at this photo, I ...
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Why does the NEOWISE comet appear green on my photos?

Last night, I took some pictures of the NEOWISE comet. To my surprise, the comet has a greenish colour on all of them, e.g. this one which I've enlarged a bit: (click to show the original image) When ...
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How can you stack Photos of a meteor shower?

I plan shooting the Perseids meteor shower this August. It is my first time photographing a meteor shower. This is the gear I will be using Nikon D5300 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 Kit lens A tripod (of course) ...
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Why do I need a telescope for astrophotography?

I understand visually that through a telescope, deep space objects, planets, etc, look much "better" than through a DSLR lens. However, I fail to find a good, technical reason why is this ...
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How to better enhance this star field image using Photoshop?

I have a bunch of images I took this night with my binoculars and my phone camera attached to it (8 second exposures using OpenCamera). The light from the city and from the Moon made the background ...
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Need some help with astro photography

I'm just getting into photography and I'm interested in landscape, astro and macro photography. Because of the comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), I tried to make some pictures during the night, but I think ...
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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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How to reduce large, agressive color noise?

I tried to shoot an image of Comet C/2020 F3 last night. My settings were ISO 6400, f/5.6 and Shutter speed 2 seconds at 175mm on a MFT camera. As expected, there is a lot of noise, so I planned to ...
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What camera features do I need to take a clear picture of NEOWISE?

My current digital camera is a Nikon Coolpix L110. Several years ago, I took pictures of a lunar eclipse. The pictures weren't what I wanted. The moon was a featureless white disk with and there was a ...
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Is it possible to take ASTRO photography with Nikon 5600

I am using Nikon D5600 with Kit lens 18-55mmF 3.5 to 5. Is it possible take astro photography with this gear. If possible suggest me the camera settings
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM for night landscapes and possible astrophotography

Does anyone have any experience with the Canon 10-18 used specifically for night landscapes or for doubling in Astro photography? I already understand it is a slow lens, and obviously not the first ...
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Need advice on buying a landscape lens

My camera is Canon 6D Mk 2 (full frame). I already have Canon 24–70 mm f/4 and Tamron 70–210 mm f/4 lenses and I'm planning to get a landscape lens in the range of 10–24 mm. I want to shoot astro ...
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Is there any way to increase the limit of exposure time on a Canon EOS M50?

I would be interested in using my Canon EOS M50 for astrophotography, however I would like to take longer exposures than the 30 second limit. Is there any way to increase this limit beyond 30 seconds ...
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Unsmooth Star Trails

My setup: Peak Design Carbon Fiber Tripod Sony A7r4 + Sony GM 16-35 lens shooting at 16mm ISO 640, f/3.5, 30 seconds Camera set to continuous shooting mode Remote shot for 1+ hours continuously ...
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lunar photos with telescope

So I have a Nikon D5500 and want to take an image of the moon, I also have an 8inch telescope too. My issue is when the camera is coupled to the telescope the moon takes up more than the frame, so its ...
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Do I need to wait for new moon to get a Milky Way photograph?

I know that similar questions have been answered, but this is very specific. I know that I need as much darkness as possible, and hence the recommendation for new moon days. But, would you get the ...
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Why do stars appear as circles, not points?

Excluding the Sun, stars are so far away that their angular diameter is effectively zero. However, when you take pictures of them, brighter stars appear as circles, not points. Why? In theory, any ...
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Taking picture every x seconds [duplicate]

I would like to make star trails picture and I saw that one good way to do so is to take picture every like 30 seconds and them stack them all. I have Sony a6500 camera. Is there a way to set this in ...
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How do I prevent intensive red noise on a deep-sky photo?

This is a fragment of my recent photo of the pinwheel galaxy (M 101): As you can see in this enlarged (200%) detail, the image is full of red noise, which makes all red objects (M 101 has several ...
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Forcing shot of night sky [duplicate]

I want shots of the night sky with my Nikon D5600. Even in bulb mode and on manuel, and on a tripod, I can’t get the shutter to open. I just get that annoying “subject is too dark” message! I set ...
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Program that can apply calibration frames to individual subs - Astrophotography

With Deepskystacker or similar programs it's easy to add calibration frames which are applied to the final output image after stacking all your subs, however I would like to apply them to each sub to ...
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What is the max. exposure time when using an iOptron Pro mount with a EOS 70D & telephoto lens?

I've recently replaced my old Vixen Polarie mount with an iOptron Pro for photographing deep-sky objects. However, when trying to make a shot of the M 101 galaxy, all the objects on my pic were motion-...
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Slow moving object whilst photographing Lyrids

I just wonder if anyone could shed any light on this puzzle. Two nights ago whilst I was out photographing the Lyrids meteor shower from the UK something else showed up on my images when I checked ...
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How much does the Moon affect astrophotography?

We all know that the Moon provides natural light pollution, which is best to be avoided when taking pictures of the night sky. However, I am curious, can you still get good photos with the moon in the ...
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Taking a picture of Starlink satellites

I really want to take pictures of Starlink satellites, but I am fairly new to this kind of photography so I have a few questions. I am using a Nikon d3400 and a tripod obviously. What is the best ...
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Why did this happen? [closed]

I was filming Venus, and this was happening from time to time. Any explanation?

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