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originally posted by: wildespace
A tripod, a DSLR camera (or a mirrorless one), and some wide-angle and telephoto lens.
Then just experiment with ISO and exposure settings, see what gets the best results.
As an example, here's a photo I took using Canon 600D and 50mm prime lens:
Hyades and Pleiades
And now for telephoto lens - Canon 600D and Sigma DG lens at 300mm:
All I did was set the camera to high ISO and 1 to 2 seconds exposure, point the camera at the target, and click the button. (Photographing the Moon requires a much shorter exposure)
originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: Golantrevize
I can't speak for wildspace, but I can tell you what I do.
On nights when the Moon is out, it's a bit harder to take star shots because the Moon is so bright it can wash out your star shots. So on nights like that, I take images of the Moon.
On Moonless nights, it depends on the time of year for me. Winter and early spring, I tend to concentrate on the constellation of Orion. During the summer months I tend to concentrate on trying to take shots of the Milky Way itself.
Deep space objects (nebula, galaxies, etc), You'll need a mount for your camera to track the shots because the more you zoom in, the less time you have to expose the frame before the object moves.
It's called the Rule of 500. For example, if I use a 35mm lens for a star shot, you take 500 and divide it by 35, and the answer is just over 14. That means you'll only have 14 seconds you can expose the image before you start to get star trails.
So if you use like a telephoto lens, like 500mm, 500 / 500 = 1. So you'd only have 1 second and that's nowhere near enough to take images of faint objects like nebula or galaxies.
In those cases, you'll need a mount that moves the camera with the rotation of the Earth to keep the object from trailing. All this is in one of the links I posted for you in my earlier post.
One thing that helps is to get familiar with the night sky and what is where and at what time of the year. Something that can help you with that is a free program call Stellarium.
It's completely free and you can use it to figure out where things are in the sky.
originally posted by: Golantrevize
amazing, how do you decide what you will photograph, do you just aim at the sky and look for cool stuff or prepare in advance exactly what you want to photograph on a given night