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Astronomy and Society

Astrophotographer of the Year Awards

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of the 14th annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Photographers "Capture the Dark" in Stunning Images

The International Dark-Sky Association celebrates photography's role in the fight against light pollution. Here are this year's contest winners!

Long focal length telescopes

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Long Focal Length Telescopes for Astrophotography

Long focal length scopes are usually discouraged for beginner deep sky astrophotography, but solar system imagers need that extra focal length reach.

Sky tracker and deep sky image

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Getting Started in Deep-Sky Astrophotography

Shopping for gear to get started in astrophotography? Here's some sage advice before you max out all your credit cards.

Waterfall nightscape by Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

Astronomers Worth Noting

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn: Meteorologist, Pilot, Astrophotographer

Meteorologist and pilot by day, astrophotographer by night: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn shares her pursuit and passion for the hobby.

Aurora over a lodge

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Follow these tips to help capture auroral displays.

Camera and Milky Way

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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.

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.

Reflected starlight

Astronomers Worth Noting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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