Astrophotography: Capturing The Night Sky

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The technique of astrophotography may be a close neighbor to our dreams of being Astronauts. Our eyes, hunting the skies above, thinking about all the strange and beautiful things in the night sky.

Being in outer space would be a life-changing experience. However, so would a perfect photograph of a blood-red moon.

Photographing the glorious night sky is as close as many of us will get to being in space. The best part, you will only need a little training and devout practice.

Astrophotography: What Is It?

It’s a specific kind of photography. It is a blend of ideas and methods that are involved in taking photos of heavenly bodies. These might range from the moon, planets, and stars, to nebulae and even The Milky Way.

Astrophotography: Capturing The Night Sky
Astrophotography: Capturing The Night Sky

Types of Celestial Photography

There are various types of astrophotography you can undertake. Here are some of them.

Deep Space/Sky

Photos of objects, taken with a telescope, far away into the deep sky. These are the stunning images of exotic nebulae and far-off galaxies. This style involves the most complex and technical bits of photography.

Here, you may need to think of star trails as a problem to solve. Also, taking into account telescopes, unwanted light, editing software, and other pieces of equipment.

Solar System

Photos of our solar system, such as our moon, our sun and the planets that orbit it can be taken by the telescope. Here you are free to use a telescope, but you can also use various telephoto lenses to get striking results.

Wide Angle

Celestial photography which uses a wide field of view, such as wide-angle and super-wide lenses. These images include nightscapes keeping Milky Way in the background, adding meaning to the sky. Taking photos of star trails is likewise another great topic. This area is very open and the least technical.

Time-Lapse

Time-lapse takes wide-angled astrophotography one step further. It demands patience and requires you to take many photos over time and then combine the images to create a video. It is an excellent technique for star trail images.

Astrophotography: Capturing The Night Sky
Astrophotography: Capturing The Night Sky

Get Started with It

Find a Camera

Broadly, this type of photography branches into two styles. There are long exposure shots, showing stars making a hypnotic array of circles across the night sky. Then there are short exposure shots, which are your more average photos of the Milky Way.

Have Patience

When there’s astrophotography involved, a tripod is essential, not a choice. Taking these images can be slow compared to the quick shutter speed of your usual photos. If the camera moves even a tiny fraction of an inch, during the exposure, your entire image will likely be ruined.

Perfect The Technique

As with most of the things, the best way to become a great astrophotographer is to practice. Get out, start taking shots, and learn from your mistakes, which are a sure thing at first. A few quick tips here and there, and you can scale that initial learning curve.