Astrophotography is the art of taking pictures of the night sky; Some do it for artistic purposes, while others use it for scientific purposes. No matter the case, much equipment won’t be needed to get started. The equipment differs depending on the type of astrophotography: Landscape, Planetary, or Deep Sky.
Landscape astrophotography is photography of the sky and the Milky Way that it also includes features of the Earth in the snapshot.
To get started, these things will be needed:
- Regular DSLR/mirrorless camera or a specialist CCD or CMOS astro camera.
- Telephoto lenses (wide-angle) (85mm to 300mm usually) or a telescope.
An optional addition to the list can be a star mount, which reduces blurring from stars. As for the things listed, other cameras can also be used (but DSLR is still preferred) as long as lenses can be attached to it and settings like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focus can be adjusted. As for the Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) and the Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS), they are cameras that can only be captured through software. They are specially designed for astrophotography but is more commonly used in deep space photography.
Planetary photography is self-explanatory, it is when pictures of the solar system is taken. It includes pictures of planets, the Sun, and the moon.
It requires the same things as you would for landscape astrophotography. The only notable difference is that the lenses would have to be telephoto lenses instead of wide-angle lenses.
Deep Space Astrophotography
This type of photography is also self-explanatory. It’s pictures of deep space phenomena like nebulae and planets outside the solar system.
For this type of photography, these will be needed:
- Specialist astrophotography camera (eg, CCD or CMOS camera) or adapted DSLR camera with IR filter (like the Canon EOS Ra)
- Telescope (works as a lens for the camera)
- Mount and tripod
These were the things that would to start adventuring into the luminous world of astrophotography, while it will be difficult at first, when the first mesmerizing picture is taken of what lies above us, it’ll truly inspire and help discover the great beyond.