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What Makes a Good Astrophotograph?

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The glamorous part of astrophotography is the bit we see and touch. An enormous amount of energy and attention is paid (and not a little money) on cameras, telescopes, mounts and their location. It is always enjoyable to compare equipment, problem-solve system issues and capture images. Just like a photographic negative, these fuzzy frames are…

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The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography

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“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” — Douglas Adams Amateur astrophotography can be an…

Shawn Peterson, “Bodie Wheel of Wonder,” Bodie, California, 2008 This giant wheel was part of the mining operation at Bodie State Historic Park in California. Shawn Peterson and Scott Martin worked together to carefully compose this image, taking time to position the star trails so that they would mirror the shape of the wheel. The wheel itself was lit with a flashlight during the first and last of 23 4-minute exposures, which were processed in Lightroom and then stacked with Startrails, a Windows-based shareware program.

Night Photography: Star Trails vs. Star Points

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Although the movement of both the Earth and the Moon affect the Moon’s appearance in night photographs, it is primarily the rotation of the Earth that causes stars to appear as trails in the sky in night photographs. All of the heavenly bodies in the universe are indeed moving through space, but the relative distance…

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