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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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 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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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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How to enhance a cameraphone photo so you can see stars?

In the context of star photography, clearly you are not going to get as good of a photo with a smartphone camera as you could with a real camera and a long exposure. However, provided you have taken a ...
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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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How to stack low light shots (in Photoshop)

I want to take a picture of a very dark scene with the help of all the noise reduction tricks you would use when shooting stars: stacking multiple exposures, using dark frames, bias frames an so on. ...
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Merging pictures of the Sun at the same location

I'm teaching an astronomy class in the fall and I had this idea for a photo project. I want my class to take a daily picture of the Sun (around sunrise) at the exact same location and having the ...
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What's an easy way to de-rotate astronomical images taken without an equatorial mount?

I don't have an equatorial mount nor I plan to buy one. However, I would like to stack my night sky photos. Is there a software that can easily de-rotate my images so I can stack them? By easily I ...
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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 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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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 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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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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What is this random white dot in only one photo of Eagle Nebula stack?

A few hours ago, I've taken 178 images of the Eagle Nebula/Omega Nebula area of the milky way using Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, iOptron SkyTracker, and Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L lens. As I'll be stacking ...
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Milky way Photograph with Point and shoot?

Well the title keeps hardly anything for you to imagine. I'll be going to the Mountains in a few months and love to click when I feel like. So, was wondering, is it possible to capture the Night sky (...
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Why is the Sony 28mm f2 so much cheaper than than Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 - and which is better for night shots?

I currently have a Zeiss 16-35mm f4 lens for ultra-wide shooting. I think this lens is a good all-rounder, hence why I bought it. However, there are two areas that I need to address: 1) the f4 ...
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How does wavelet sharpening actually work, eg. in RegiStax?

I recently came across some demonstrations on how to use RegiStax6 and its Wavelet filters to sharpen images, especially planetary shots. The instructions I found and read/watched all had in common ...
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Is there a problem with my collimation? Telescope shows coma

I noticed some COMA on my astrophotographs lately, that didn't show up last December. Stars near the borders of the image tend to form linear shapes directed towards the center. My setup is: ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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What caused some of the bright, diffuse areas of sky in some of the Apollo images from the moon?

There is a large, diffuse, bright area in the otherwise black sky in some of the Apollo mission images from the moon's surface. It is not the sun. What can it be? In the images below, I am comparing ...
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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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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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Why does photographing the Milky Way require short exposure, when star trails need long exposure?

I can't understand — how do they work differently? I mean, when 2 secs exposure is required for photographing milky way, while 30 mins exposure is needed for photographing star trails, why isn't the ...
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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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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

I am a novice amateur photographer. My only equipment right now is my Sony Nex 3N and the kit 18-55mm zoom. I had been hesitant to sink much money into lenses when I realized that building up a lens ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to create stationary eclipse timelapse w/o tracking sun's movement?

I took a timelapse of the 21 Aug 2017 solar eclipse. I did not have the ability to track the suns movement so every ~15 minutes I adjusted the camera position. I want to create a timelapse that ...
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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 camera for astrophotography [closed]

Ok the question was asked what's the best beginners camera. I'm interested in a camera that will take great photos. I used to be an avid amateur photographer in the days of film. I'd like to get back ...
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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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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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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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Which parts are needed to mount Nikon DSLR on Meade Telescopes?

I'm an amateur astrophotographer. Recently I got a permission from the university to use their telescopes in their observatory. All their telescopes are Meade. I would like to mount my Nikon D5300 ...
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Photoshop stuck at Align Selected Layers Based On Content

I am trying to align a group of astro stacks (about 100 shots, masked) and Photoshop is stuck at: The progress bar did move to this point in less than a minute, and has been stuck at this exact point ...
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If i use ISO 1600 to photograph stars will image stacking help reduce noise but also add more detail?

I would like to take better photos of the stars, especially the milky way, but my highest ISO setting is 1600. I have now learnt that image stacking can help reduce noise when taken with the same ...
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What settings should i put my Nikon D3100 on to photograph the moon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to capture details of the moon? I have a Nikon D3100 and I have 2 lenses; the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I'm unsure of what camera settings I need to use to get a nice shot ...
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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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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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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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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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