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How to get started with Astrophotography

How to Get Started in Astrophotography

If you love photography and want to graduate to the wonderful world of astrophotography, you have come to the right place. There are some basic things you need to know to get started with astrophotography. So here goes!

Types

There are different types of astrophotography that can be pursued by you. Here’s a brief look at some of them.

  • Deep space: This is the hardest type to do and is the photography of objects that are beyond our solar system.
  • Solar system: Taking photos of our solar system is possible with the use of telescopes though a high-quality DSLR camera can do the trick too.
  • Time-lapse astrophotography: This will have you take photos with lots of exposure over time and you can then use them to make a video.

Astrophoto of the Moon

Important equipment you will need

In astrophotography, good equipment can make a world of difference. Here are a few pieces you can’t do without.

  • Tripod: This is mentioned first because it is actually no less important than any of the other equipment you need. Without a tripod, it is impossible to keep your camera rock-solid, which is the basis for taking great photos of space. Investing in a good-quality tripod will ensure that you are covered on the basics.
  • Lenses: Good-quality lenses are another thing you can’t do without. You need lenses which will allow as much light as possible to pass through and for that you need them with a large aperture. The larger the aperture is, the more expensive the lenses are going to be. However, it is not impossible to get quality at a good price if you research well before making the investment.
  • DSLR camera: You need a camera that lets you capture as much light as possible. Quality DSLR cameras are now available at the right price points. You also need one which has very good low-light capabilities.

Planning is key

If your hobby is astrophotography, planning beforehand is extremely essential. Here are the things you need to plan in advance.

  • Location: As with the restaurant business, with astrophotography too, location is all-important. It is a good idea to research a location in the day-time before going with your camera at night. This will give you the opportunity of finding out in advance how good a location is. You can use Google Maps too.
  • Know where what you want to shoot is: Knowing where the stars you are planning to shoot is important. The sky is moving constantly, with the earth hurtling through space at an amazing speed of 67, 000 miles per hour! That is the reason why knowing where the stars you want to shoot are positioned during the time you will be going. There are apps to pinpoint locations in our Milky Way so it is a good idea to check them out.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are truly interested in astrophotography, there is a lot of information out there. So go ahead and start with your homework today.

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