If you’re one of those youngsters that enjoy watching the night sky and are deeply passionate about astronomy, then knowing astrophotography can be a an interesting new venture for you. Along with astronomy, you’ll develop your interest towards photography which is indeed a passionate hobby. By clubbing your interests on astronomy and photography- you can come up with new ideas of astro-photos that you can submit in your school science project or can even mail to NASA or National Geography- to find out their views on the new star you’ve captured in your camera. Though you cannot expect the finest shots on your first go, but nevertheless your patience, passion and endeavor to achieve the best shots can lead you to be a great astrophotographer from a curious teenager about astrophotography and astronomy.
Here, few tips are shared for the beginners considering the ideas given by the eminent astrophotographers of all times—
Learn to see the night sky
This is the first step to become a successful astronomer or a astrophotographer. Before you take a digital DSLR and start shooting the night sky, you must have an idea about what you’re doing. It’s not all about the dark sky with moon or no moon and the stars glittering here and there. You being a budding astrophotographer has to know the names of the stars, constellations, galaxies, and more about the night sky. For developing your knowledge on the night sky and the stars- you can befriend with any senior that is well versed with astronomy. You can discuss things with your science teachers or can visit the library as well to check out the relevant books and DVDs in these subjects. Google can also serve you with serious information that will help you in developing your knowledge on the same.
Next, you have to escalate your skill on focusing. You need a beginner’s telescope through which you can see the night sky. Within a few days, you’ll learn to focus and up next, you need to fit the digital camera on a tripod in front of the telescope and start capturing the snapshots. Lights play a vital role while shooting the night sky. There are some digital cameras that have the power to balance the light. Later on, you can deepskystacker software to sum up the astro photos you have captured in your shutter.
Understanding the shutter speed is also a significant matter to consider when the beginners start photographing the night sky.