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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…

Astrophotography Processing Graphic

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The following graphic provides an extremely basic break down of the steps that take place from a stacked image to a completed image. In reality, there are about 50 steps (or more) involved when processing a deep-sky astrophotography image such as this. You can click on the image for a larger view.  Basic Processing of an Astro-Photo I created a graphic showing the basic steps needed to turn a raw stack of images (light frames) into a final image. The image is of the incredible Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius.  This was from data collected in July at the CCCA Observatory in Wel…

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 afocal method (eyepiece projection does not use a camera lens) 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.…