Basic Astrophotography Primer

Here are some of my astrophotography tips. Do you want to capture photographs like this:
Star Trails
30 minute exposure (6×5 mins) @ ISO 200

Or these?


International Space Station over Hampshire

Star Trails

Comet 17P/Holmes

Why photograph astronomical phenomena

  • The Sky is constantly changing
    • Professionals can’t watch everything
    • Amateurs can discover or monitor comets, novae, variable stars, asteroids and monitor sunspots, planetary changes, lunar phenomena, etc
    • Results can be visually impressive and (sometimes) scientifically useful
  • For fun and the challenge!
  • Impressive results from modest equipment
    • Digital SLR £250-£3000
    • Webcams £50-lots
    • Telescopes £200-cost of a car!
    • Adapters for iPhones!

Things to photograph:

  • Moon
  • Planets and asteroids
  • Sun (with proper protection)
  • Comets
  • Stars and Constellations
  • Deep Sky Objects
    • Galaxies, Star Clusters, Star remnants
  • Eclipses + Transits (lunar, solar, moons of Jupiter)
  • Satellites
  • Meteors
  • Aurora

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