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What are the reasons for not taking super long exposures (hours) in astrophotography?

@Michael Clark and @Itai have provided good answers. A few more thoughts from the perspective of the enthusiastic amateur: Tracking technology isn't perfect and sometimes its better to work within ...
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Why in a photo light lines of street lamps? How to remove them?

It looks like there are parallel light trails below each streelamp -- going down, then right, then down some more (ASCII art): / | | | \_ \ | And highlighted on the original: I would guess ...
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Why is it that when the green channel clips, it turns into blue?

The light you describe as "green" also contains components of "red" and "blue" light. They are much weaker than the green component, but they are there. Once the exposure is bright enough for the ...
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How can I take a photo of a dark bar with a bright sign?

You could've probably got a decent result just by picking an intermediate exposure. Alternatively, you can try to take a short and a long exposure of the same scene, and combine them digitally ...
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What are the reasons for not taking super long exposures (hours) in astrophotography?

It is firstly because we can now. Bulb photography can indeed shoot exposures of minutes to several hours, depending on the camera. Using a film camera, astrophotography is done with very long ...
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What are the reasons for not taking super long exposures (hours) in astrophotography?

The main advantage of stacking is to average out the randomized Poisson distribution "shot noise" that can be a problem in low light images such as astrophotography. Another advantage for stacking ...
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What settings for Dirt track night time pictures

I see two main problems: Too slow shutter speed. Overexposure. The first goes directly to the issue you ask about. You are stuck with whatever lighting there is, so you can only trade off ISO, ...
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What are the features needed in a DSLR for astrophotography?

I already have a Nikon D5200 and I I tried so much to get a clear view of the sky and it didn't work so much. The camera you have is a fine one to start with. You should spend some time working on ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

There's already something that has been invented to collect light for photographs. We call them lenses. In order to collect more light, the front element of the lens must be larger for the same focal ...
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How do you take a picture without focusing?

Your question boils down to auto vs manual focus. From the methodology you've described, it seems that you are attempting to use autofocus to get a picture of the night sky. That's not a great plan ...
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How can I take a photo of a dark bar with a bright sign?

The dynamic range of cameras is limited and is unable to capture large brightness differences within one shot. For static subjects use Exposure Blending or HDR preferably on a tripod or similar stable ...
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Why in a photo light lines of street lamps? How to remove them?

How annoying :-) - I finished marking up a photo and now see that Chris H has done much the same but better. So I'll post this 'for completeness' but with less comment than I otherwise would have. I ...
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switched to RAW and seeing ugly light bands in Lightroom

The first thing you must realize is that what you are seeing on your monitor is not "the" raw file. What you are seeing is an 8-bit demosaiced preview conversion of the raw file created by ...
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How can I tell if something in a photograph is a star or a planet?

Are those other planets or other stars? Or is that a lens effect? Looks to me like a planet and some moons. I don't know where you are, but Jupiter has been very bright in the night sky lately in my ...
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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

You're not going to get "color accurate" white balance at night. There's no way to make every object in the scene look the same color it would be if viewed under full spectrum daylight. This is ...
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What are the reasons for not taking super long exposures (hours) in astrophotography?

Digital sensors heat up over long exposures; I've had exposures as short as 6 minutes exhibiting very visible colour distortion in the corners of the frame. Run the chip continually for hours without ...
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How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?

See How does the colour of ambient lighting affect colour rendition?, because that question uses a sodium vapor light as an example. As the answers there explain, sodium vapor lights produce a very, ...
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Why did I get blurry star trails?

shined a light to focus on foreground beforehand If you focused on the foreground then the most likely explanation is that the stars are blurry because they are out of focus, at f/4 the depth of ...
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Does shooting at high ISO have a practical impact on battery life compared to exposure time?

SImple answer: not to a measurable extent. Difficult answer: A high ISO-equivalent setting cranks the analog gain up. More gain requires more power per electron (or milliVolt if you prefer), but ...
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Why in a photo light lines of street lamps? How to remove them?

Although the poster hasn't specified it, this answer assumes this picture was shot on a tripod (it looks too sharp to be hand-held, even holding the camera steady against the window). Many claimed ...
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Why is it that when the green channel clips, it turns into blue?

Why is it that when the green channel clips, it turns into blue? Actually, it turns towards magenta. Look more closely at your picture. When green clips and the other two channels (red, blue) don't,...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

As you edited your question it gives me more room. The same as a parabolic mic, any mirror lens do the exact same thing. It takes parallel rays coming from a distance, and focus them on a smaller spot....
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Looking for advice for choosing a DSLR for landscape/night photography

Would it be better for me to jump ship to Nikon and start from there or should I continue with Canon and use the few lenses I already own? You're putting the cart a bit before the horse. It would be ...
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How do I take a "projector output" photo, showing the beam from my car's headlights?

At full resolution, the line gets terrible. Perhaps I've missed something, but it sounds like you want to make the line between the light and dark parts of the wall as sharp as possible, more like ...
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NIght photography and long exposures with film

All you can do is experiment, really. Nighttime photography has its own peculiar set of problems, especially where film is concerned, and you really can't rely on anything that looks like an easy ...
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Large DOF in low light for portrait in front of a landscape?

You can either use a flash to expose the subject (you won't be able to see them walking into or out of the frame), or you can, as you suggest, take two shots and blend them in Photoshop - a matter of ...
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Why should I use the widest aperture for star photography?

You don't need to use the widest aperture. In fact, in many cases, using the widest aperture for astrophotography can result in very poor quality stars. If you are doing wide field untracked imaging (...
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Why do I never see HDR done with nighttime photography when the moon is in the frame?

This is done but most photos do not advertise their technique. If you search for moonscape on Google you will see lots of examples, mixed with some other artwork. The most common technique to include ...
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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

Short answer: Shoot raw (if the camera can do that) and find the best WB setting with your image software. Reasons: Good night photos have their atmosphere because of their strong colors, not ...
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Why in a photo light lines of street lamps? How to remove them?

If you consider the light trails of the headlights of a vehicle, in the foreground, that appear to pass through some parked cars - it seems likely that the camera was tilted vertically during the 32 ...
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