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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 what your current skill level is 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 by 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 for 2 years now, so I decided to assemble some of the most useful information in one place. The archived articles below act as a beginners guide to learn astrophotography.  I have grouped each blog post by topic, to help you get started.

astrophotography tips

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

The resources and tutorials 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

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7 Astrophotography Tips (You Can Try Tonight)

This post contains helpful tips and camera settings for those shooting without a telescope and tracking mount.  Many of the same rules of long exposure night photography apply across all areas of astrophotography.  Some of the topics covered are white balance, how to focus on stars, and choosing the best ISO setting on your camera.

Recommended Targets

The Lagoon Nebula with a DSLR and Telescope – July 2017

The Crescent Nebula in H-Alpha (DSLR) – June 2017

Markarian’s Chain of Galaxies – April 2017

The Leo Triplet – Springtime Trio of Galaxies – Mar. 2017

The Ultimate Target for your DSLR and Telescope – Dec. 2016

The Best Winter Deep-Sky Objects – Nov 2016

Photogenic Group of Galaxies – The Leo Triplet – Mar. 2016


The Ring Nebula

The Ring Nebula

Image Processing

How to Remove Gradients in Photoshop – April 2017

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop – Mar. 2017

The Horsehead Nebula in HaRGB – Dec. 2016

Tutorial – Manual Stacking in Photoshop – Nov 2016

Introduction to H-Alpha Astrophotography – June 2016

Forgotten Light Frames – Processing Old Data – June 2016

The Importance of Screen Calibration – April 2016

Selective Processing in Photoshop for More Detail – April 2016

Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop Tutorial – Feb. 2016


The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Camera Equipment

New Canon Clip In Astrophotography Filter – June 2017

How a DSLR Ha Filter can Improve Your Astrophotos – Oct. 2016

Astrophotography with a Canon Rebel DSLR – July 2016

Altair Astro GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono CCD for Autoguiding – February 2017

Camera Mount Review: The iOptron SkyGuider Pro – July 2017

Astronomik 12nm Ha Filter – October 2017

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Camera Mount – October 2017

Recommended Light Pollution Filters – November 2017


Telescope Equipment

Explore Scientific ED140 – First Impressions – June 2018

Meade 70mm Quadruplet ED APO Astrograph Review

iOptron CEM60 Astrophotography Mount – First Look – Oct. 2017

William Optics Z61 APO Review – Sept. 2017

The Best Beginner Astrophotography Telescope – Mar. 2017

My New Astrophotography Telescope – May 2016

Aligning My Newtonian – Reflector Collimation Tips – Mar. 2016

How to Use a Bahtinov Focus Mask – Feb. 2017

My Complete Deep-Sky Imaging Setup – Jan. 2016


Wizard Nebula

The Wizard Nebula

Backyard Imaging Tips

Summer in the AstroBackyard – Aug. 2016

Astrophotography in the City – April 2016

Can you image deep-sky objects during a full moon? – Jan. 2017

5 Tips for Better PHD2 Guiding – Feb. 2017

How to take Flat Frames for Astrophotography – Oct. 2017

Deep Sky Astrophotography Walkthrough (Step-by-Step) – July 2018


andromeda galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy

Celestial Events

How to Photograph a Meteor Shower (Perseids) – Aug. 2016

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower – July 2016

Landscape Astrophotography 5 Visible Planets – Feb. 2016


Traveling with your Astrophotography Gear

The Best Portable Astrophotography Setup – Oct 2017

Finding Darker Skies – Camping Under the Stars – Sept. 2016


Solar System Photography

Photographing the 2016 Harvest Moon – Sept. 2016

Moon Photography Tips – Christmas Eve Moon – Dec. 2015


Camera Lens Astrophotography (Wide-Field)

Real Results with a Budget Astrophotography Lens – Feb. 2018

The Perseus Double Cluster with a 300mm Lens – Feb. 2016


Astrophotography Images

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, the more you learn, the better your photos become.  I learned a lot about astrophotography in 2016 from amateurs and experts alike.

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

Clear Skies.  – Trevor