Astrophotography is the photographing of celestial objects and phenomena, whether it’s with a point-and-shoot camera, through Hubble Space Telescope or any other type of camera mounted on the telescope.

In 1837, Louis Daguerre created images on silver plated copper, coated with silver iodide and attempted to take first daguerreotype in 1939 but was unsuccessful. A year after, in 1840, John William Draper’s daguerreotype of the moon became the first astrophotography ever taken. Astrophotography has remained a popular hobby ever since.

Amateur and professional astrophotographers aim their telescopes and cameras toward the sky to capture breathtaking shots of stellar neighbors or galaxy. Astrophotography can be done with any camera, but by connecting a camera to a telescope will produce greater light sensitivity for astrophotography.

Astrophotography is a way to enhance and permanently record the astronomical viewing experience because techniques enable a view of the night sky better than what is achievable just by looking through a telescope by controlling the exposer time, ISO etc.

This section will provide the basics to let you start taking dramatic photos of the sky at night. It will also guide you how to start taking astrophotographs with equipment almost every photographer has on hand, progress to the next level with some simple equipment you can buy inexpensively and what you can do if you decide to invest in some specialized, expensive equipment. For creating good astrophotographs, one doesn’t require millions of dollars or a ride in the Space Shuttle.

How To Do Astrophotography On A Budget

How To Do Astrophotography On A Budget

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Why should you think of doing astrophotography on a budget? Because in my humble opinion you do not need to spend a fortune on kit to achieve impressive images of deep sky objects ...

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The Guide To Astrophotography With A DLSR

The Guide To Astrophotography With A DLSR

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Getting started in Astrophotography is easier than you think but mastering it will take a life time. This is a guide for beginners or people with a small amount of experience. ...

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Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astrophotography Contest 2014

Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astrophotography Contest 2014

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Vatnajokull National Park reflected almost symmetrically in Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon. (James Woodend, United Kingdom Aurora Over a Glacier Lagoon, Overall Winner, Earth and ...

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Planetary Photography

Planetary Photography

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When it comes to planetary photography, there are two distinct methods for capturing or creating planetary images. When I say capture I am referring to the traditional method of ...

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Light from the Dark – Stellar night Photography

Light from the Dark – Stellar night Photography

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There is a lot to be said about stellar night photography, but let’s start with the basics. Presumably you are equipped with a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR). The reason for ...

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