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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Which lens should I use and how to take night pictures?

So I have a Canon T3 and I wanted to take pictures of the night sky and landscapes but since I'm a noob at photography, I was wondering which lens should I invest in that isn't quite pricey. I was ...
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What features to look for in a motorized DSLR mount for astrophotography?

I'm planning a foray into astrophotography, and am looking for some advice on features to look for in a motorized equatorial DSLR mount. I'm interested in both wide angle and deep field pictures. I ...
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Would a Polycom video camera be suitable for astrophotography?

Have Polycom FX video conference camera 1024 x780. Could this be used for astro photography? Just curious for a project. Appreciate input.
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What adapter do I need to use a Sony a7R ii with a Televue Pronto telescope?

I wish to take pictures through my Televue Pronto using my α7R II camera. Is there an adapter to allow me to do this?
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How to avoid vertical glare in astrophotography?

I recently took a few night shots of the Milky Way, but found that I kept getting this weird vertical glare and I don't know why. The below image shows it exaggerated by lights in the distance as well....
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What exposure was used for successful pictures of the “blood moon”?

The moon in total eclipse is very dark, I discovered. My crop-sensor camera and f/5.6 lens was not up to it. I saw some "cherry red" photos in feeds, but without technical details. I used 1/125 ...
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How to capture supermoon using a Fujifilm X100T?

I am a novice photographer. I have a Fujifilm X100T, which has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens. As today is the supermoon lunar eclipse, I want to capture the moon with my camera. I was wondering if ...
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What are the red, blue, and green dots in my night sky photos? [duplicate]

I recently bought a new telephoto lens for my Nikon D5000. With the new lens I started taking pictures of the moon. When I take the pictures I have blue, red, and other colored dots in the photo, ...
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How do I get a shot of both the foreground and stars with astrophotography?

I've seen a few pictures of the Milky Way mixed up with people or landscape and tried to reproduce it—without success. My settings: DX 35mm f1.8 ISO 6400 shutterspeed 5 seconds. The sky was "ok"...
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is it possible to take photographs of the Milky Way with a Panasonic FZ-30 camera?

I have a Panasoinc Lumix FZ30 "SLR-like" camera It can take raw images. It has ISO speed between 80 and 400 and max aperture f2.8 and max 60 seconds of exposure time. I am really eager to take ...
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How could I have improved post-processing on this Milky Way shot?

Last week I went about 40 minutes north of St. Louis to Pere Marquette state park with my family. We went out to watch the meteor shower, and I tried to set up to take some Milky Way shots. I ran ...
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Astrophotography Canon 17-40mm f4L vs Samyang 24mm f/1.4 how much of a difference would there be?

I made my first timelapse lastnight with a 6D and a Canon 17-40mmL. I made it on the outskirts of a city where the light pollution is pretty bad. I was reasonably surprised with the results. I did ...
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How can I capture an image like the stars over a landscape as in the Ubuntu Forever wallpaper?

I am new to photography. I like the Ubuntu 14.04 forever wallpaper the most. I am interested in developing similar photography (or a similar technique, if any). How can this be accomplished? Does ...
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How do I loosen the fit of a T-ring to ease mounting/dismounting a telescope adapter?

I recently bought a reflecting telescope, and along with it a Canon EF T-Ring (and adapter tube) to complement my Canon T3i. The fit is extremely tight, which not only makes it difficult to fully ...
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How can I tell what focal length a zoom lens was set to for a photo of the moon?

It appears that neither the Sony 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 nor the Canon EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 reports the actual focal length to the camera: both cameras' metadata show the lens but report the focal length ...
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What should I look for in a camera which could cover all of astrophotography, microscopy and general purpose photography?

I am new to photography but I have done a lot of microscopy (confocal, light, etc...). I am familiar with optics and image processing. I want to set-up a telescope at home and maybe in the future a ...
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Can a Samsung NX300 shoot without a lens, for attaching to a telescope?

Can I take pictures on my NX300 without a lens attached? I have read threads about this, however my issue is somewhat different. I want to attach my camera to my telescope, and take astro-pictures. I ...
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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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Astrophotography, image stabilization on or off?

Should the image stabilization be on or off when shooting astrophotography on a tracking mount? On one hand i think that it might stabilize any vibration caused by the camera, shutter or whatsoever, ...
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Astrophotography, what to shoot with barndoor tracker and 200mm f2.8 lens

I have a self made, computerized barndoor tracker. The computer controls a stepper motor very precirsely. The tracking unprecisions come from building limitations and orientation precision. I do have ...
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How long does the exposure have to be for a specific astrophotography object with a given lense, iso and aperture?

how do I know how many frames I need (overall exposure) for a particular object at a given ISO setting? (200mm, f2.8, canon 6D) I will be shooting on a barndoor tracker, at a very dark place about 40 ...
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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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What is the best lens to shoot the Milky-Way on a crop camera? [duplicate]

I own a Canon 100d and i like to photograph the stars, I'd like to have a wide angle lens to capture the most of the milky way i can. Possibly as cheap as possible and have really good quality. Thank ...
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Which characteristics should a wide-angle lens have for astrophotography?

I'm looking to buy a wide-angle lens for astrophotography, specifically on a Canon 450D (Rebel XSi). Which characteristics should I be looking for in a lens?
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How to retain the most data for editing?

I have started a bit of astrophotography, an important part of which is the editing of the image to bring out stars etc not even visible after a ~40 second exposure. To do this the image must retain ...
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Why should I use the widest aperture for star photography?

In the article, Photographing Stars Using a Kit Lens, the author talks about keeping the widest aperture, e.g. ƒ/3.5. But it's my understanding that a wide aperture means a smaller area will be in ...
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Am I experiencing field distortion while astro photographing when stars on the edges give trails?

I have started astrophotgraphing. My primary lense I use is Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO with Nikon D7100 and Sigma 2X TC. I also use Astrotrack without guidance. I have gotten rid of the coma by making ...
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How can I colorize my astrophotography?

I want to color a photo that I took from my telescope, which unfortunately only captures black and white images. How can I add color to it, let's say using Photoshop... is it possible to color only ...
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How to take a picture at the same time everyday?

I am currently wanting to design a system that I could leave outside permanently, and have it take a photo(or series) at the same time of the day, for a year, and then compile those into a single ...
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What deep sky objects can be photographed without a telescope?

I'm considering purchasing a 70-300mm lens and a 1.4x TC to try some budget deep sky photography. I have seen some great pictures of the Orion Nebula taken without a telescope. My question is: can ...
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Does an already set (or not yet risen) moon still wash out stars?

If there's a decently sized moon (say, 50% visibility or more) but you still have a few hours of time before moonrise/after moonset, will the moon still wash out stars the same as if it were visible ...
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Combining multiple exposures

I find it interesting that the idea of combining bracketed exposures to increase the recorded range of brightness has gone mainstream (known as HDR) to, the point where it is built into the camera's ...
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How to brighten stars in Photoshop?

I have a few methods for brightening stars in Lightroom and Photoshop but most of these increase noise or worse make vignetting a lot more pronounced which is already difficult to deal with in night ...
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Which Canon lens would be best for landscapes and night skies? [duplicate]

I have a Canon Rebel T3i. It came with an EF 75-300 and EF-S 18-55. I like to take pictures of wilderness, especially at a distance, and some photos at night of stars and building clouds. What lens ...
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shooting night sky photos with nikon d3300 [duplicate]

I want to shoot night sky photos. I have a Nikon D3300 DSLR with 50mm f/1.8D lens. I have a tripod , and a timer cord. Is my gear good enough to shoot night sky photos? Is there anything more I ...
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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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Will a faster lens, like f/1.4, help get better Milky Way images?

I have a Nikon D7000 and don't know whether my 50mm 1.4 or 17-55m 2.8 lens would be better. I was automatically going to go with the 50mm lens, but then I was reading up on how I can use a longer ...
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Astro-photography - 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain vs 10 inch Newtonian

I'm tring to get into astro-photography and I have a usual dilemma, which one would be the best for the job. I'm more interested into shooting deep sky objects. I've been looking for "nice" telescope ...
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Stack of 4 seconds exposure photos of Milky Way, how is it done?

I'm looking at this photo in http://www.astrobin.com/17455/ In the description the author specifies: 100 x 4 second exposures at f5 and ISO12800, Canon 5DmkIII + 24-105f4L@105mm No tracking, just on ...
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astrophotography with Nikon D3300 is possible? [duplicate]

i have Nikon D3300 DSLR with Nikon 18-55mm (VR2) lens and i want to shoot astrophotos. i wanna know if this possible with my camera or lens and if not , what should i upgrade ? and what to ? ...
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What settings should I use to get a good GoPro 4 night timelapse of the sky?

I just got my GoPro Hero 4 and wanted to try the Night Timelapse mode. I have the exposure time set to 30 seconds and the interval between images set to 2 minutes. My pictures have a few stars on ...
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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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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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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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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 trying ...
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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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Will Milky Way photos show too much grain when printed at 12×18"?

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