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How To Take Pictures of Stars & Night Sky

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If you are wondering how to take pictures of stars and the alluring wonders of the night sky, look no further. In this article, I'll share an absolute, bare-bones approach for capturing a spectacular photograph of the stars above the one below.  This includes covering which camera to use, the exact camera settings I recommend, and the right conditions for a successful photo. I'll also cover some of the next steps to consider for night sky photography, including recommended light pollution filters, and an introduction to star trackers.  Anyone with access to a DSLR camera an…

Unmodded DSLR Test – California Nebula

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The following photo of the California Nebula was captured using my DSLR camera before it was modified for astrophotography. NGC 1499 in Perseus is perhaps the best example of the difference removing the stock IR cut filter from your DSLR camera can make. For an emission nebula like this, an image with a stock camera vs. modified is night and day. Some emission nebula are well suited for a stock camera, such as the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. As you'll be able to tell from the photo below, the California Nebula is not one of them. NGC 1499 - The California Nebula. ES ED80 Canon Xsi…

Photograph the Moon with a Point and Shoot Camera

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[caption id="attachment_4546" align="aligncenter" width="688"] The full moon[/caption] Photograph the Moon with a point and shoot camera You can take some incredible pictures of the moon through a telescope using an inexpensive point and shoot camera. Some of my very first astrophotography images were of the moon in its many phases using the eyepiece projection method. The photo above was captured way back in 2010 through my first telescope, an Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian. Since then, I have photographed the moon countless times through a telescope. You can see my best moon photos in the gal…