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Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: Bits, Bytes & Dynamic Range

Wider is better for astrophotography — understand the basics of bit depth and dynamic range for better astrophotos.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Live Webinar: Photographing Meteor Showers

Join Babak Tafreshi's live webinar as he shares his personal techniques for photographing meteor showers.   If you're someone who constantly witnesses bright meteors streak across the opposite side of the sky from where your camera is facing, or if they appeared just before or after your exposure, you're not…

Clusters

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Star Clusters: The Low Hanging Fruit of Astrophotography

Star clusters are a terrific way to practice your astrophotography fundamentals!

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Choosing the Best (Good Enough) ISO for Astrophotography

Astrophotographer Richard S. Wright, Jr. shares an easy way to test your DSLR camera to find its best low-light ISO performance.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Tips for Shooting the Milky Way

It’s summer time, and the Milky Way is beckoning. Here are a few tips to help get you started photographing our galaxy.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Understanding ISO for Astrophotography

Does increasing the ISO on your DSLR make it more sensitive? No! Yes! Depends! Find out how ISO affects your astrophotography.

Horshead

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

The Case for Monochrome

Quality monochrome (black-and-white) images are a much easier route to early success in astrophotography — find out how to get started.

Improving signal/Noise

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astrophotography: Stacking Up Your Signal

The secret to stacking images in astrophotography is increasing signal rather than just increasing the number of exposures.

Noise to clean

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

An Astrophotographer's Gentle Introduction to Noise

You don't need a PhD to understand noise in astronomical images — here's an introduction to the various sources of noise in astrophotography and how to combat them.

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PixInsight vs Photoshop: Which is Better for Astrophotography?

Is it possible to settle the PixInsight vs. Photoshop debate once and for all? Yes: Learn both and gain the skills you need to make better astrophotos!

People, Places, and Events

Live Webinar: How to Chase and Photograph Auroras

Want to learn how to take stunning photos of dazzling Aurora? Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, March 5th, with National Geographic photographer and founder of The World at Night (TWAN) program Babak Tafreshi  as he reveals his techniques for capturing stunning images and time-lapse videos of both…

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

How to Capture the Clearest Astro Images

Capturing crystal-clear astro images involves a delicate balance of having just enough pixels for the object you're imaging. But you don't need a PhD to understand the sampling theory that's involved.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Online Webinar: 2018 Nightscape Photography Guide

Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, January 29th, to find out which 2018 events present the best nightscape opportunities with world-renowned photographer Babak Tafreshi.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Framing Your Astro Images: Understanding Field of View and Pixel Scale

Knowing your astrophotography setup's pixel scale will help you take better pictures. And to determine pixel scale, you first need to know your field of view.

Seeing vs. Transparency

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Seeing vs. Transparency: What's the Difference?

Good weather for imaging is about more than just the clouds! Even if it's cloud-free, you'll need to understand if the seeing and transparency are good.

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Eclipses

Use Your Smartphone to Shoot a Solar Eclipse

Read this advice from expert eclipse-chasers before you use your smartphone to photograph a solar eclipse.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Babak Tafreshi Webinar: Time-Lapse Astrophotography

Join S&T's live webinar to learn the secrets of how to take awe-inspiring time-lapse videos of the Earth and sky at night.

Smartphone polar alignment

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Daylight Polar Alignment Made Easy

Try this easy technique to roughly polar-align your telescope mount during the day using your smartphone and a planetarium app.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

How to Remove Light Pollution from Your Astro Images

Find out how to remove light pollution from your astrophotos so you can have dark skies instead of red-brown ones.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

How to White Balance Your Astrophotos

You'll capture the night sky as it truly looks when you learn how to establish a proper white balance in your DSLR astrophotos.

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