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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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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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New Pi camera - any good for Astrophotography?

So, the Pi Foundation have released a new camera, https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/new-product-raspberry-pi-high-quality-camera-on-sale-now-at-50/ Some specs: 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor 1.55μm ...
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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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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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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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Shutter lock sony a6500

I saw a video of astro photographing. In that video he took pictures of the night sky automatically every 30 seconds with shutter speed of 30 seconds and then he combined all of these images to make ...
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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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Can taking photo of the moon and/or stars at night cause damage to the camera sensor?

We know that taking photo of the sun can cause some degree of damage to the camera and our eyes. So, are there any damage to the camera (point and shoot / DSLR) when taking photo of the moon and/or ...
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Will stacking more images produce more detail in this galaxy photo?

I've just started doing a bit of astrophotography and finally after the third night of trying I found my target, the Whirlpool galaxy. I'm pleased I've managed to capture it but I'm looking into how I ...
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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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Is my Canon setup good enough for Astrophotography [closed]

To start off I'm totally new to Astrophotography. So I got a old camera from my grandpa. its the Canon EOS 50D. with as lens the: CANON EF-S 18-200MM IS F/3.5-5.6 But I'm not sure how capable it is ...
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Why are the star trails in Richard Angle's photos of a SpaceX launch and landing so non-uniform?

Teslarati's SpaceX just expanded the envelope of rocket recovery with 50th booster landing includes some beautiful examples of Richard Angle's work portraying time and motion and physical processes. ...
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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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What should I look for in a camera for Night Sky Photography?

I am a beginner and planning to buy a mirror less camera for Night Sky Photography. Here are some questions I have while considering what camera to buy. My max budget for body only is around $1000. ...
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Is it necessary to have a tripod and remote to take pictures of a starry sky? [duplicate]

Also, does the exposure time change if the camera is shaken and it has to focused again? I did have an ISO of 3200 and shutter speed of 1/125. All I obtained was a dark sky. Its the first time I went ...
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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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Methods for dithering a DSLR

I have been doing nighttime landscape astrophotography for about a year now and really want to start uping my game. In order to get the highest signal to noise ratio possible, it is driving me to the ...
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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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How to mount a Lumix G7 with Panasonic H-FS 1442A lens to 1.25" telescope

I have a Lumix G7 with a Panasonic H-FS 1442A and I want to mount it to a telescope with a 1.25" eyepiece size. I know I can get a Micro Four Thirds adapter and mount it straight to the telescope, ...
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Does offset from the axis cause problems in barn door trackers? [duplicate]

I am thinking of building a Barn door tracker for some basic Astrophotography. I have seen some of the builds by people such as this. In all builds I have seen, Camera is mounted few inches away from ...
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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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Is it possible to capture the Milky Way with a planetary camera?

The camera I'm using is the ZWO ASI120MCS. Is it possible for me to capture the Milky Way? If yes, then what is the settings? The optical tube I'm using is the Celestron TravelScope 70.
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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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Can motorized “panorama/timelapse” tripod heads be used as astro trackers?

Motorized tripod heads, like the Mantona Turnaround or Movo Photo MTP-11, seem to be popular and inexpensive currently. Can these be used as an alternative to expensive sky tracking mounts for ...
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Milky Way with a cell phone, how is this possible?

The 9to5Google article Exclusive: Official Pixel 4 camera samples show astrophotography, selfies, more [Gallery] shows some surprisingly nice (at least to me) photos of the Milky Way. Every phone ...
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Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS T7 [closed]

I'm going to buy my first DSLR camera mainly for astrophotography and some panoramic photography. I will probably buy the Nikon D3500 but I don't understand why the Canon T7 is more expensive than the ...
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How accessible is gas hypersensitisation today?

Gas hypersensitisation, as you may know, is a method which was regularly used by astrophotographers. It included baking or soaking a film in a gas mixture, with this gas oftentimes being nitrogen. ...
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Difference in light between new moon night and adjacent nights

I want to photograph bioluminescence in a remote area without light pollution. A dark sky is key. The only light would be from the moon and the stars, so I'm aiming for the next new moon (fortunately ...
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How do I capture northern lights? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d3400 with kit lens 18-55 mm af-p DX. What is the right camera settings for northern lights photography?
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Will using drizzle for wide field milky way photography provide much benefit?

I don't own a tracker or telescope so the only astrophotography I do is occasional milky way wide fields. Usually 20-30 images taken at wide angle and then aligned and stacked using Deep Sky Stacker. ...
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Are there image stacking (astrophotography) options on MacOS that don't involve running a Windows VM?

I am starting in astrophotography. I want to create a "non star trail/track" result similar to what you would get with software like Deep Star Stacker in Windows, but I use MacOS. Do I have any ...
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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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Long exposures create red noisy glow.. but only with one of my lenses. Why?

I recently started having a problem with long exposure (30 sec +) photos having a pattern of red noise. The problem started in the middle of a camping trip - long exposure pictures looked fine one ...
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Reflected Earth is 1/3 the size of primary Earth in Apollo footage through spacecraft window; why?

In the video Brian Eno on Apollo at 08:20 there is Apollo-era movie footage of the Earth seen through the window of a spacecraft. In addition to the primary, large and overexposed half-full Earth ...
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How do I get the stars in focus with my astrophotography setup? [duplicate]

Hey I've problem with blurred stars when I shoot stars with my Canon 700D with EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens I've set up with 10-20 second shutter speeds and ISO settings from 400-1600. I try on f/1.8 and ...
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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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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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What creates a bright green orb “lens flare” with silver or metalic dots on it?

I am having a heck of a time finding anything on the internet that explains how and why a green orb with silver or metallic looking dots keeps appearing in my photos of the sky. I am taking these ...
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Why exactly do “CMOS astrophotographers” prefer CMOS sensors?

This answer to How can I avoid star trails without an expensive tracking mount? is consistent with this answer to What is synthetic tracking, and why would a 35 cm Earth imager be 10-30x better than ...
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Night Sky SuperResolution (instead of star trails) - possible?

I don't know if this is possible, or runs into fundamental limits of sensors and photo sharpness. I want to "pretend" that I have a fancy night sky motorized rig - through software. Take a few ...
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How do the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 and Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 AF compare for astrophotography?

I'm trying to choose a lens for astrophotography with Sony A7. Although I choose it for astro, I also want it to function as a normal landscape lens. So I try not to go far wide like Samyang 14mm f/2....
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How to capture more stars?

I finally borrowed a tripod from a friend so that I could take pics of stars from my apartment balcony. However, when I did some test shots yesterday, the pics where far from my expectations. I ...

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