Deep-sky astrophotography is not a forgiving hobby for beginners. There is a lot to learn and a lot of sleepless nights to sacrifice if you want to take high-quality astro pictures. But stay calm. With this Astrophotography For Beginners tips compilation, you will become more than ready to shoot your first mindblowing astrophoto!
Last night I did a few shots of the Sadr region and the Andromeda galaxy from my balcony using my new vintage lens, SMC/Super Takumar 200mm F/4. As my balcony is directed to the South and I cannot see the North Star (Polaris) from there, I had to polar align my mount using the drift align method and reduce the exposure time to 120 seconds for Sadr and 60 seconds for Andromeda on 200mm focal length. I have no idea how the final pictures will look like because I will process them while writing this post. So, if you are interested in how my astrophotography post-processing on macOS looks like these days (2018), read on! Plus, it is the first field test of my new astrophotography gear, the SMC/Super Takumar 200mm F/4.
A few days ago, I had an excellent opportunity to photograph one of the best astrophotography targets on the Summer sky – the North America Nebula. Thanks to great weather (no clouds, no wind, a pleasant temperature at night) and temporarily having access to a backyard 24h/day (I usually live in a flat), I was finally able to push my mobile widefield astrophotography rig to its limits [Read more…]
Andromeda galaxy is one of the most popular astrophotography targets worldwide, and no wonder! It’s beautiful, bright, and easy to locate in the night sky. If you want to capture this galaxy by yourself, then here you have the complete guide to photographing the Andromeda galaxy.
Long gone are days when astronomy was only a telescope stargazing experience. With today technology, we can experience the night sky like never before. Although astronomy equipment is not cheap – telescopes, mounts, specialized cameras, high-end computers, etc., you don’t need them to admire the night sky, because you have your astronomy and astrophotography device in your pocket. Today I will show you my personal Top 10 Astronomy Apps for iPhone – including Astrophotography and Stargazing apps.