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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Astrophotography-what wrong I am doing here?

I am beginner in photography.I clicked this photo in RAW, f3.5, ISO1000, S15", Manual focus without tripod.Lens: Nikon AF-P 18-55mm. I think it is out of focus. I varied ISO from 1000-2500. Shutter ...
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How to change ISO in Nikon P900 for time lapse star trails?

When I set up my P900 for time lapse star trails it shows the ISO as 100 in the bottom left of the monitor screen and no matter what I have tried, I cannot change the ISO to say, 1600 or 3200 for a ...
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How to precisely time tag DSLR shot?

I want to know the exact UTC time of the moment of the shutter button pushed. A precision of milliseconds order would be ideal, but anything better than 1sec is acceptable. The photo properties ...
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What to look for digiscoping on a tight budget? [closed]

I own a cheap telescope. What should I look for in a cheap used camera for a first digiscoping experience? I'm looking to spend a very minimal amount of money — hopefully under $100.
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How can I set the aperture on my DSLR when it's attached to a telescope instead of a lens?

I would like to use my Nikon D3100 for astrophotography. I have attached the camera to my telescope with a T-ring, after which the camera recognized the absence of the lens, which is perfectly normal. ...
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How to set exposure for photographing the milky way?

I want to photograph the milky way but have had troubles with ambient light. The first attempt suffered from streetlights. The second attempt away from streetlights suffered from full moon which I ...
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How to take photos in burst mode, without vibration?

I have a Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) and a reflector telescope, and I want to take some photos of Jupiter with them. If I use burst mode, camera starts moving its mechanical parts: the mirror, or the ...
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Why are my stacked RAW images overexposed in DeepSkyStacker?

When I use Deepskystacker for stacking about 40 pictures (RAW) of a Galaxy (underexposed), I always get overexposed tif results. When I stack these pictures in Photoshop and use smart objects and ...
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Why do I see the moon as two objects through my DSLR viewfinder if I use eyeglasses?

I use eyeglasses with -1 diopter correction. Few days ago, I photographed the moon during night with my Canon 2000D DSLR. When looking at the moon through the viewfinder, I saw the moon as two ...
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Why the difference between sunny f/16 rule and looney f/11 rule?

There's the sunny f/16 rule that says photographs on a sunny day should use f/16 with the exposure time set to reciprocal of the ISO sensitivity. However, there's also looney f/11 rule that says ...
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Pentax Astrotracer: Lens error on wide angle lenses?

I recently did some tests with the Pentax Astrotracer1 system. To do so, I shot Orion (which was in a SSW direction and around 30° above the horizon on that night) and its surroundings at 180s ...
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Laser positioning on barn door tracker

I'm heading up to Scotland in April for a bit of a road trip and I'd like to give astrophotography a bit of a go. I'm like to try and get some deep sky photos (Andromeda etc) and have decided that ...
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Why do some star trails appear blue?

I was trying to photograph some star trails last night and I kept noticing that a number of stars in the upper half of the photo were showing up as blue. I'm really not too sure as to what's going on ...
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Is this color-correction explanation of images from a lunar lander 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 ...