A Very Brief Introduction to Astrophotography

When you browse through an old textbook and look at these fantastic images of the Moon and planets, do you ever consider what they used to take them? Of course, some are CGI and cannot be made with stock photography, but some are captured by satellites floating in space and are closer than our own planets. Of course, none of these pictures are taken by spacecraft… as well obviously, some of the things they take pictures of are too far away for satellites to even reach…

Where do these images originate? The answer is simple telescopes. Astrophotography is a term used to describe it and is the act of taking a photo using the lens of a telescope. These don’t need to be billion-dollar NASA telescopes – if you have a spare $100, then you can purchase a telescope that is powerful enough to accomplish the task. I’ve taken stunning photos of the moon’s craters by using cameras on the back of my Galaxy Note… If you’ve got an eye for photography as well as a desire to see the sky, then this is an ideal expansion of those interests and is a fantastic method to expand your perspectives… literally. Here’s what you must be aware of…

What You Do You

In the beginning, you’re going to require a telescope specifically designed to view the moon as well as other space objects that are distant. These are available at eBay as well. If you search for something called a “Newtonian Reflector’ it shouldn’t be expensive. Then, you’re going require a good camera and, of course, the higher resolution, the better photographs will come out. If you buy a camera, you get a high-quality (and high) tripod to mount it on. It could be tough to maintain it in a steady position without it.


You’ll then want to use your telescope and camera in a place that is quiet. Find a place that is far from light pollution, which means that you should be far from large cities. It is also essential to enjoy a clear night as much as is possible. If you want to take pictures of the moon, you’ll require a 20mm lens, as well as a green filter to reduce the brightness so that the camera can be able to capture it. Also, keep in mind that you might not always be capable of seeing all planets due to the time of their arrival and their proximity to Earth. It is best to download a night skies application on your smartphone since this will provide you with the ability to recognize objects in the night sky using GPS as well as the built-in compass.

If you are taking pictures with your telescope, they don’t have to be of the moon and planets. Sometimes, just broad views of the stars could be stunning enough. Likewise, when you find terrestrial objects like treetops, after which you can bring those colors out using photoshop to create unique photographs.