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Hot vs. Cold

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Beating the Heat in Astrophotography

Keeping your camera cool is an essential element to obtaining good clean images in astrophotography.

handkerchief flats

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Demystifying Flat-Frame Calibration

Many astrophotographers skip flat fields because they seem complicated. But the flats can greatly improve your images — here's how to do them.

Pattern noise in an image

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Dark Frames and Bias Frames Demystified

The road to clean, easy-to-process data begins with proper image calibration, and the first step is to take dark and bias calibration frames.

Top of the World

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography On The Go: When Failure Is Not An Option

Anytime you travel beyond your own backyard to do astrophotography, the whole endeavor can be lost because of one missing link in the chain. Here's what to remember.

image brightness change example

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

How Focal Ratio Affects Your Astro Images

Understand focal ratio to improve your astrophotography.

Luminance image of M81 and M82

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Tips for Imaging Galaxies from Your Backyard

You don't need a dark-sky location to shoot galaxies — you can capture them from your backyard with these tips.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

In Astrophotography, Bigger Is Not Always Better!

Don't be intimidated by astrophotography equipment — modest equipment can do great things.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

A Free Tool for Lucky Imaging

Check out this free astrophotography software package that'll make processing your lucky images — especially of the Sun and Moon — a snap.

Closeup of a modern high speed camera

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Two Ways to Use Video for Astrophotography

Use high-speed cameras to capture spectacular live views of galaxies and high-res images of the Moon and planets.

Raw vs. Polished Image

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astro-Imaging: The Truth about Raw Data

What "comes off the camera" is remarkably different in astrophotography than most photographers expect coming from a digital camera experience.

Cassiopeia in Ha

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Do Science With Your Astrophotography

Astrophotography can be its own reward, but there are ways to dig deeper. Here are some ways to do quantitative science with your images.

Supernova in a galaxy

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

The Scientific Value of "Pretty Pictures"

Even processed images still contain data that's of scientific value.

Fisheye Meteor Shower

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Catch A Shooting Star (with Your Camera)

Catching a falling star is easier than you think . . . when you use a camera!

Imaging the Moon

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: Picking Your Pixels

The drive for smaller pixels comes from wanting more resolution. But in astrophotography, bigger pixels capture more light.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Backyard Projects for At-home Astrophotographers

Can’t get to your favorite dark sky site? Do not despair, a great many targets and techniques are still available to the backyard imager.

Comet ISON

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astrophotography: Catching Comets

Photographing comets presents unique challenges to your astrophotography routine. A few straightforward techniques can help.

Astro DSLR

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astro DSLR Cameras Come of Age

We are now on our third generation of commercial DSLR’s dedicated to astrophotography, and it just keeps getting better.

Bump In the Night

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astro Photobombs: These Things Can Ruin Your Image

Unexpected vibrations, airplanes, and satellites can ruin your exposures without you knowing it — here's what to look for.

Achieving Balance

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Finding Your (Color) Balance in Astrophotography

Proper color balance is the foundation of a good-quality color image.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

A Few Words on Short Exposures for Astrophotography

As optics and camera technologies continue to improve, just how short of an exposure can we get away with?

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