To Snap the Stars

Okay, I was originally going to title this “shoot the stars,” but that can be read to have improper connotations. The piece is about astrophotography, not actual shooting! Even so, someone might get the wrong idea. XD

Anyway, enjoy this article from Popular Mechanics, readers!

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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

BY MICHAEL STILLWELL

MAR 26, 2021

WHEN TAKING PHOTOS OF THE MILKY WAY OR CREATING STAR TRAILS, A LITTLE PLANNING AND THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT CAN PRODUCE SOME AMAZING RESULTS.

When I was 17, I packed up and left for my first camping trip to the Adirondack mountains. That night we walked out into a clearing and I was stunned at the huge cluster of stars sweeping across the sky. That cluster was the Milky Way. I aimed my point-and-shoot camera skyward hoping to capture this cosmic moment. What I got wasn’t a gorgeous photo, but a disappointing exposure that came out completely black.

Years later, my shots of the night sky got markedly better. As cameras improved and I could afford a basic DSLR, I experimented with exposure times, learned techniques and tricks, and finally got some more illuminating results. But if you’d rather ascend astrophotography’s learning curve a little more rapidly, you can.

Here’s a step-by-step walk through, detailing the gear, apps, and techniques you’ll need to capture your own images of our vast and beautiful cosmos.

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