How to Get Started in Deep-Sky Astrophotography With a Telescope and Your Camera

Astrophotography is a very challenging genre, requiring specialized equipment, technical knowledge, top-notch technique, and a lot of patience, but it can be tremendously rewarding when it all comes together and you get a stunning image of something that is an unfathomably large distance from our home. If you are new to deep-sky astrophotography, this great video tutorial will show you the basics of getting started with a camera and a telescope. 

Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this helpful video tutorial will show you how to get started with deep-sky astrophotography using your camera and a telescope. One thing you will definitely want to invest in if you are serious about this is an equatorial mount. Because of the extremely low levels of light and longer focal lengths used in deep sky work (and thus, narrower apertures), you need very long exposures, but with the rotation of the earth, this is not possible without some sort of compensation. This is where an equatorial mount comes in; it counters the earth's rotation to keep the sky still relative to your camera, allowing you to take those longer exposures without blurring. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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El Dooderino's picture

Thanks for this article! This is something I hope to dabble in someday!

Robert Huerbsch's picture

It’s not too hard aside from getting the tracking to be very precise ($$$ equatorial mount).

The telescope is just a big prime lens!

El Dooderino's picture

Well....then there's the cost of traveling out west to find more areas free of the horrible amounts of light pollution I have here :-(

Hopefully I'll be able to retire out that way someday.

Claudio Dionigi's picture

Fantastic video!!! As someone who has debated getting back into astrophotography I can't thank you enough for this video! Lots of great information. Regards!