One of the most exciting innovations when it comes to telescopes is the opportunity to take photos of the night sky. Taking photos on your telescope is possible even if you don’t have a special telescope with a built-in camera, and the next paragraph may be a good place to start.
When it comes to taking photos through your telescope’s eyepiece, it doesn’t matter whether you are using a standard camera or a digital one to do the job. Just use your camera like you would use the eyepiece of your telescope, focus on the object using the telescope, and bam, you have pictures!
It’s a spiritual experience, almost religious in fact, to look at the night sky and take photos of it through your telescope, especially if it’s a heavy duty model that can capture stars, planets and constellations well-known and obscure alike. Even if you are an amateur photographer and an amateur astronomer, you can still get great photos of what you see through your telescope.
You’ll want to start with something easy, such as photographing the Milky Way’s many Stars or Constellations. Adjust your lens to the lowest possible F stop setting, and set the camera to the “B” setting. This would allow as much light as possible to pass through your lens, which would be opened all the way as a result. Most 28 to 50mm lenses have an F number of 1.7 to 2.8 for their fastest setting. Focus your camera on a star and make sure it appears as small and sharp as possible when the time comes for you to center the photo. It is possible to shoot exposures up to 30 seconds with a 50mm lens – after this time span, trails will appear in the stars as the Earth rotates accordingly. To avoid chances of your photo becoming murky and seeing double on the pictures you take, keep your camera steady and stable. We advise using fast types of film like Fuji 800 or 1600, or even better yet, Konica 3200. Konica 3200 boasts amazing speed but beware of grainy photos in some instances. If you prefer to use a digital camera, set the resolution as high as possible so you could take the best possible pictures. This is ideal if you really want the best quality of photos through your telescope, though you may not be able to take as much as you would on a standard camera.
Taking great photos with your telescope doesn’t mean that you have to have a whole lot of fancy equipment. Dedication and a little stock knowledge are all most amateur astronomers need to get the job done. And once you’re done snapping the pics, then your research skills will come into play as you look for the best website or blog site that would allow you to share these photos with the rest of the online world.
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