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.