Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Once you’ve learned your way around the night sky and glimpsed distant nebulae through a pair of binoculars or a telescope, you might find yourself wanting to capture the magic that keeps you returning to your telescope every night. But if you’re used to taking point-and-shoot photos, astrophotography can be pretty daunting. We provide useful astrophotography tips and tricks to get you started photographing the night sky. We’ll help anyone with modest stargazing equipment and access to dark skies capture panoramic vistas of planets, star clusters and more — from learning how to guide a telescope for imaging to creating composite images on your laptop.

Interested in learning more? Download our FREE astrophotography primer ebook and start shooting nightscapes, the bright planets, and deep-sky fuzzies tonight! And check out our online astrophotography classes to learn how to process your photos and get the most out of your hours behind the shutter.

Live Webinar: Photographing Meteor Showers

Join Babak Tafreshi's live webinar as he shares his personal techniques for photographing meteor showers.   If you're someone who constantly witnesses bright meteors streak across the opposite side of the sky from where your camera is facing, or if they appeared just before or after your exposure, you're not the only one! Understanding where…

Live Webinar: PixInsight Boot Camp 2

Join astrophotographer Richard S. Wright Jr. along with Sky & Telescope's Associate Editor Sean Walker for the continuation of a turbocharged quick-start baptism into PixInsight image-processing software. Building on the first Boot Camp webinar’s philosophy of making “soup, not a soufflé,” Richard continues the process now from calibrated and aligned master images to basic gradient…

Live Webinar: How to Chase and Photograph Auroras

Want to learn how to take stunning photos of dazzling Aurora? Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, March 5th, with National Geographic photographer and founder of The World at Night (TWAN) program Babak Tafreshi  as he reveals his techniques for capturing stunning images and time-lapse videos of both northern and southern lights. As…

Improving Your Eclipse Photos

If you want the best results from your eclipse photos, you'll need to do some processing. Equipment Editor Sean Walker walks us through processing photos from the 2010 Easter Island eclipse.