What is an astro modified DSLR camera? (and how to get one)

infrared astrophotography

Ever heard people talk about using an “astro modified” DSLR camera to improve their astrophotography? See here for example, from a post on reddit: You might have heard other terms thrown around like “full-spectrum camera conversion” or “IR modified camera”. But what does it mean, how does it affect astrophotography, and how to get an … Read more

Best lens for astrophotography [Top 5 for 2020]

best lens for astrophotography

What is the best lens for astrophotography? In this article, we analyze and recommend five of the most popular wide-angle lenses for night sky photography in 2019. To help truly find the best equipment with proven success, as part of our astrophotography masters series, we have asked some of the best photographers in the world what astrophotography … Read more

Astrophotography: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (2020)

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In this article, we will cover all you need to know to understand astrophotography as a beginner. Including what different types of astrophotography there are, what equipment you need, and how to learn to take stunning pictures of the night sky, planets, and more. Chapter 1: What is astrophotography and what different types are there? … Read more

What equipment was used by the winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019?

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 equipment

Royal Museums Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest is one of the most prestigious astrophotography competitions in the world. It has been running for 8 years, starting in 2012. Since the question that we get asked the most is “what equipment do I need for astrophotography?”, we thought it would be interesting to pull out … Read more

Best star tracker for DSLR (iOptron vs Sky-Watcher vs Vixen)

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Star trackers for DSLR cameras are a fantastic and relatively inexpensive way to improve your astrophotography. Star tracker camera mounts slowly move your camera at the speed of the rotation of the Earth. This allows you to have longer exposures and capture more light without blurring or star trails. The best star tracker for astrophotography … Read more

What telescope brands are reputable (and which to avoid)?

telescope brands

Reputable telescope brands and manufacturers There are four major brands known for retailing reliable, quality telescopes. These are: Celestron Meade Instruments Orion Sky-Watcher This is not to say that every telescope made by these manufacturers will be great. Or that a telescope made by other brands will be poor, but these are arguably the most … Read more

When was the Big Bang?

when was the big bang

The origins of the universe have long been a hot topic of conversation among our greatest minds, and the big bang is a firm favorite for reconstructing our planet’s timeline. Still, surprisingly few of us understand what the big bang was and, more importantly, when cosmologists think it happened.   Understanding the big bang Before … Read more

Best Astrophotography Books [Updated]

best astrophotography books

Below are 11 of the best astrophotography books you can buy – all are available on Amazon. Some suit beginners, whilst others are for intermediate or advanced astrophotographers shooting deep sky objects. Also included are a few books that are less instructional and just share amazing astronomy images. Best astrophotography books at-a-glance Astrophotography book reviews … Read more

Best Astrophotography Apps (for brilliant night sky photography)

best astrophotography apps

Having the best astrophotography apps on your smartphone or tablet can be a fantastic – and inexpensive – shortcut towards nailing a great shot of the night sky. The difference between taking a great night sky photograph or not can often be external factors, such as finding the right location, with optimal conditions, and timing … Read more

The death of the Nikon D810A (and the specialist astrophotography DSLR?)

The Nikon D810A was the most advanced in a limited range of DSLRs optimized for astrophotography by Nikon and Canon over the past decade. But has the D810A been discontinued and are DSLRs optimized for astrophotography a thing of the past? 1. What are specialist astrophotography DSLRs? Specialist astrophotography DSLRs are optimized for deep sky … Read more

Best computerized telescope [2019 buying guide]

best computerized telescope

Computerized telescopes can be fantastic for beginners or experienced stargazers alike. With a computerized telescope, a computer is in-built into the telescope and locates the planets, galaxies and other objects that you want to see for you. This contrasts to a regular telescope where you need to locate the objects manually. Computerized telescopes (also known … Read more

Deep Sky West: How two friends built a remote astrophotography observatory (and how you can too)

deep sky west

Deep Sky West is a remote astrophotography observatory in New Mexico, USA. It offers the opportunity for any astrophotographer around the world to use the site to access clear skies without the need to travel there, and to use advanced astronomy and photography equipment without the need to own it themselves. We talk to Lloyd … Read more

Josh Sweet – How I took this Astro Panaorma [Astrophotography Masters]

Josh Sweet Astro Panorama

Below, New Zealand’s Josh Sweet takes us through how he took this ‘astro panorama’ of the Milky Way, and he details his favorite astrophotography equipment, tools, and learning resources. How did you plan the shot? This shot wasn’t really planned. I knew I wanted to try and do a panorama but I didn’t know where to … Read more

Abdul Dremali: How I took this shot [astrophotography masters series]

Abdul Dremali astrophotography

In this article, we are extremely lucky to ask photographer Abdul Dremali a few questions about how he goes about his art. In particular, we ask him to examine how he took this amazing image from Monument Valley, which is on the Arizona-Utah state border in the US. This stunning picture includes Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the … Read more

Leonardo Orazi: Learn from the Italian astrophotographer

Leonardo Orazi photography

Continuing our series of interviews with some of the world’s best astrophotographers, we talk to Italy’s Leonardo Orazi and ask how he goes about photographing the stars and deep space objects. Read below as he outlines how planning and composing his stunning images. How do you plan your shots? For planning my shots I use a … Read more

My Favorite Shot [By Astrophotographer Connor Matherne]

Connor Matherne

In this article, we are very lucky to have astrophotographer, astronomy and geologist Connor Matherne take us through how he took one of his favorite photos – the below shot of the Milky Way taken near Wixson Mountain, Colorado. He also profiles some of his other amazing work, including some mind-blowing animations. Enjoy! 1. How did … Read more

Instagram Astronomy (22 great astrophotographers you should follow)

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Instagram is a great place to find both simple and mind-blowing images and there are some great astrophotographers sharing their work on there. This post brings together a list of some of the best amateur and professional photographers sharing the best astronomy images that you can follow on Instagram. 1. Sean Parker Sean Parker is … Read more