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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Supernova in a galaxy

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

The Scientific Value of "Pretty Pictures"

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

a child outside at night catching fireflies with a net

Save Dark Skies

Photographers “Capture the Dark” with Stunning Images of the Night

Stunning images of the night remind us why we need to protect dark skies. See the photos that won the International Dark-sky Association's contest.

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.

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.

Before and after

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Satellites, Begone! Remove Trails from Your Astrophotography

While the growing number of satellites above our heads is a concern, there are ways to mitigate their appearances in deep-sky astrophotography.

Lucky Imaging

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

An Introduction to Lucky Imaging for Astrophotography

Despite its name, luck has nothing to do with "lucky imaging." The technique is a powerful tool for crisp, clear astrophotography. Here, we take on lucky imaging of the Moon.

Galaxies

Peer Deep Within the Large Magellanic Cloud

A team of amateurs reveals the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galactic neighbor, in an exceedingly deep, high-resolution mosaic.

FITS

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astro-Imaging: Don't Throw A FITs, Man!

The FITS file is so much more than just an image format. If you're looking to get serious about deep-sky astrophotography, here's what FITS can offer you.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astro-Imaging: Stretching the Truth

There's more than one way to stretch your data . . . and the truth.

Binary overlay

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astrophotography: Bits, Bytes & Dynamic Range

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

Linear

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: Let's Get Linear

Richard Wright explains the importance of linearity — a measure of how a detector accumulates lights — in getting the most from your space images.

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