Learn Astrophotography

If you are looking to learn astrophotography and the process of capturing deep-sky objects with your DSLR and telescope, you may find the information below of value. By watching my techniques from the backyard, you will understand how to go about capturing images yourself.

No matter your current skill level in astrophotography, you can always pick up a few pointers by watching a fellow astrophotographer’s workflow. Actions speak louder than words. If you have seen the deep-sky images in my photo gallery, then you know what to expect when using my capturing and processing methods.


Deep Sky Astrophotography is a Lifelong Journey. Enjoy every step of the way.

The AstroBackyard blog has been running since 2015, so I decided to assemble some of the most useful information in one place. The archived articles below act as a beginner’s guide to learning astrophotography. I have grouped each blog post by topic, to help you get started.

Triangulum Galaxy

The Triangulum Galaxy. Trevor Jones

Before diving into the articles and tutorials below, make sure you have a look at the astrophotography equipment I use for deep-sky astrophotography, including the telescope and camera I use.

The resources and tutorial sections contain a wealth of information to help you along the way.  You can also learn a lot by watching the videos on my YouTube channel, AstroBackyard.

Learn Astrophotography: Topics

For Beginners Only!


The Northern Lights Dancing Above my Backyard. 

Recommended Targets


Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy captured with a DSLR Camera and small telescope.

Image Processing Tutorials

Dumbbell Nebula

The Dumbbell Nebula

Camera Equipment

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Telescope Equipment

M20 - The Trifid Nebula

The Trifid Nebula

Backyard Imaging Tips

Celestial Events

Traveling with your Astrophotography Gear

Solar System Photography

Camera Lens Astrophotography (Wide-Field)


deep sky imaging telescope


All of the information contained on this page was discovered from real-life experiences in the backyard! Astrophotography is a learning process that never ends. The exciting part is, that the more you learn, the better your photos become.

My dream is to one day build a backyard observatory in a dark sky location. Perhaps that dream will become a reality by utilizing the same passion and work ethic involved in building AstroBackyard.com.

Clear Skies.  – Trevor