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Aurora over a lodge

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Follow these tips to help capture auroral displays.

Image of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Getting Started in Planetary Imaging

It's planet season! Here are some tips to help you start imaging the giant planets while they're in easy view.

Camera and Milky Way

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: How Long Can You Go?

While many astrophotographers follow the "rule of 500" (or 300), some experimentation can help find the right exposure time for your setup.

Hot vs. Cold

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

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

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

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

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

How Focal Ratio Affects Your Astro Images

Understand focal ratio to improve your astrophotography.

Luminance image of M81 and M82

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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.

Reflected starlight

Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

Giorgia Hofer, Nightscape Astrophotographer

An Italian accountant, captivated by the sky since childhood, learned astrophotography to bring the heavens home with her.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

In Astrophotography, Bigger Is Not Always Better!

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

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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.

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