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Questions tagged [photography]

Questions about photography of celestial objects by amateur or professional astronomers. Questions about photography of other objects are off-topic but might be asked on our sister site Photography Stack Exchange.

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If a black hole does not emit light, how can one take a picture of the black hole itself?

There's some discussion that the image composed by the Event Horizons Telescope is really just an accretion disk. To "take an image" of something, you need the light reflecting off of the surface of ...
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Is this the best non-radio image of whatever's at the center of M87? How was it taken?

The BBC News article First ever black hole image released shows the instantly-iconic radio image of the (almost certainly) supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, just released by the ...
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Help understanding this unsettling image of Titan, Epimetheus, and Saturn's rings?

The NY Times article Saturn’s Rings Are Sculpted by a Crew of Mini-Moons is really interesting and links to the recent paywalled paper in Science Close Cassini flybys of Saturn’s ring moons Pan, ...
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Pictures of galaxies, nebulae: which way is up?

We are used to viewing pictures of the Earth and the planets with their North Pole pointing towards the upper portion of the photo. But when a space telescope snaps photos of cosmic entities, do they ...
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Why do these Hubble images of Neptune look like Cheela?

The open access paper Formation of a New Great Dark Spot on Neptune in 2018 (cited in Gizmodo's Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time and Phys.org's Hubble captures ...
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How to understand this multi-day exposure photograph of Jupiter and the Moon

This answer includes a stunning photo of the Moon and Jupiter "Trails of the Shifting Moon" by photographer Jin Lu. The caption reads: From the photographer: "I spent 4 days capturing the trail of ...
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Calculate the true diameter of stars from photographic plate

I am reading the book "Fourier Analysis" from T. W. Körner, and in chapter 95, he explains how you can compute the diameter of stars on a photographic plate. He says that "Since observations of the ...
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Options for first time astrophotography w/ 80/900 refractor?

Recently I bought a telescope and I started to take pictures of my observations. The most basic solution, I'm using a smartphone adapter and my Xiaomi Mi 6 camera to do that but the images (except for ...
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What's going on in this photo of Halley's comet's tail?

When researching for this answer I was looking at Space.com's 2011 article Photos of Halley's Comet Through History I saw the image below, and read the caption. Halley's Comet in 1910 ...
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What's the white glow around this star?

A few days ago, I took a photo of the night sky in the mountains of Georgia with my DSLR. There, I noticed that one single star (in the center of the part of the photo that I added below) looks very ...
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If I point a camera at a “+x” visual magnitude object, how to estimate how many e- (carriers) are produced per second?

In this answer I estimated that if a DSLR (digital SLR) camera with an aperture of 40 mm were pointed at a satellite in geostationary orbit with a visual brightness of about +11 magnitude, it would ...
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If we had the right technology could we see a distant star in detail?

If, for instance, Hubble's camera was a 10^300 times better could it see a distant star in details or is there a limit to the amount of light that reaches the earth's orbit or perhaps does the light ...
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I've seen some stars tonight. What could I possibly have been looking at with these pictures?

The weather tonight here is great and I decided to shoot some hand-held (too bad I don't have any tripod) night mode pictures shot with P10. I have no experience in stars observation therefore I can't ...
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Is there any star recognition framework/library available?

Being a daytime software engineer and a sparetime photographer, I was looking for a nice DIY project for the next weeks. I finally decided to build a star tracker with a camera mount, so that I can ...
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How much telescope do I actually need for astrophotography?

I've done the 'sparkly curtains behind landscapes' form of astrophotography for years with DSLRs, lately full frame Nikon. I know what I'm doing with the camera, and want to take the next step into ...
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Why do we use filters in telescopes for astronomical imaging?

I have read that if we image without a filter we get no information about the color or SED of objects. Can anyone elaborate the reasons for using filters for imaging/photometry? What happens if we ...
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Calculating the Size of Earth in the Apollo 8 Earthrise Photo

I was debating with someone online (I know, great way to get nowhere fast) regarding the size of Earth as it appears in the famous 'Earthrise' photos from Apollo 8. Below is an accurate (almost pixel-...
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Why can't I use automatic photometry on IRIS?

I'm trying to do photometry on my stacked images of the night sky, but when I use the program IRIS and try to do automatic photometry, it always says it's a wrong image number and in every example of ...
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Is it possible to see an image with radio telescope of something not so far away in detail?

Can an image of a person using a radio telescope see a person from far away? Could a radio telescope be made to see someone walking on Mars? https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/30477/could-we-...
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Which part of the milky way does the image show?

As a general question and more in specific regarding the image above: Which part of the milky way, planets, stars, clusters are included in the image? How can I know which entities are included in ...
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Telescopes for beginner astrophotography

I'm a fairly experienced photographer and have enjoyed taking lots of photos of the night sky with my existing gear - wide angle starscapes over pretty hills, mostly. I'd like to move on, having ...
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Measure an angle in the sky from a photo?

Let's say I have an picture of the sky or of an landscape and I want to measure an angle in the celestial sphere. Is there any software for that? In real life I would use the empirical hand gestures ...
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What is the meaning of “bright unresolved sources”

In many articles talking about telescopes, they talk often of "bright, unresolved sources". "bright" usually mean that the magnitude should be less than a certain threshold, (or that the signal to ...
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What did I photograph?

Last night I was experimenting with my mobile phone shooting the night sky adjusting some settings like shutter time and ISO. One of the first pictures I thought was a complete failure, I only ...
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Is the dot on the photo - Mars?

The below photos were taken yesterday (August 4, 2018) at about 10 p.m. from the plane over the Black Sea. We were seeing the light dot on the left for at least 10-20 minutes. It looked like a bright ...
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Can a telescope image be amplified to see more by adding distant lenses or mirrors?

Could a lens or mirror be placed in orbit on the same flight path with other parts to make a telescope or on the horizon of the moon to see farther with the Hubble?
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Why do photos of Earth always have a black background?

if we are in the milky way, and people are able to take photographs from Earth that look like this: Then how come almost all of Earth's photos look like this? In the first photo, we are seeing what ...
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Does the focus of terrestial telecopes need adjustment for the distance of astronomical objects?

My rudimentary experience of photography and telescopes suggests that with commonly affordable optics any object beyond the range of hundreds to thousands of feet will be in adequate focus at the ...
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Is it possible to image a meteor so the rock is visible?

I was wondering what one would see if they were to look through a telescope tracking a meteor as it shot through the sky. Technology aside, would one be able to see the object tumbling or would it ...
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Measurement uncertainty of the computed center of gravity from pixel image

Establishing the position of celestial bodies (stars, and other objects) is based on imaging technology. Depending on the resolution of the imaging sensor used, an object is identified by a group of ...
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How to improve the quality of an image of the planets when taken through the eyepiece of a telescope with a dlsr camera

I have a reflector telescope with a 114mm aperture and 1000mm focal length. I find that to get the clearest image I can use a 4mm eyepiece, or with my 5x barlow a 20mm however, seeing that I am very ...
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Astrophotography: Is there a rule to the color mapping?

As I understand it most astrophotography is colored using filters and multiple exposures. I would assume that blue filters would be used for higher frequency emissions and red filters for lower ...
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My first pictures of Jupiter

Well, I'll start off by saying I am certain I am doing it wrong! Now that I got that out of the way here is my image: I have a feeling I can't see the planet because I need a filter to block out the ...
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Photographing Venus with a phone through a telescope

I took a picture of Venus through my telescope (Celestron Astromaster 130eq) using a 10mm lens with a Barlow lens. The picture isn't really good since I took it with my phone and I still don't have a ...
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How to calculate the position to be to see ISS passing in front of the moon or the sun?

I would like to know how to calculate the time/date of the ISS passing in front of the moon (between the observer and the moon) or the sun, or to calculate the position in which the observer have to ...
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How could I determine what areas of the Milky Way will be visible?

There is a new moon on Saturday, and the forecast in my area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada calls for clear skies on that night. I would like to take a widefield astrophotograph. I have no idea what ...
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Why stars are not visible in photos of Planets from space [duplicate]

The night sky from many parts of the Earth, away from any city lights and pollution, is full of starts, mostly the stars of the Milky Way Galaxy is what fills the night sky densely. In many photos of ...
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Location of the milky way in August in Death Valley

I am going to be in Death Valley around August 8th. I was hoping to take a milky way shot with my camera when there. I would be shooting around 10pm. I am using google maps to scout out popular ...
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Does a set moon sky equal a new moon sky?

I am planning some astrophotography. And comparing two times. On one night I plan a midnight shoot when a waning crescent moon rises at 1am. This is 1 week ahead of the new moon. The other night ...
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What's the rationale behind the false colours in solar observation photographs?

Images from SOHO, SDO and other sun observatories are often coloured differently for different wavelengths or temperatures: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/science/Sun-Wavelength-Chart....
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How do we calculate the image circle of a telescope at prime focus?

I'm trying to find a suitable CCD and telescope combination. So, I want to make sure that the image circle of the telescope circumscribes the CCD. But I'm unable to find anything that tells me how to ...
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How (the heck) was this photo of Venus at inferior conjunction (between us and the Sun) taken?

This great answer by @gerrit discussing planetary phases seen in visible light contains the image I've included below. According to the Wikimedia Commons link these are ESO images from the Venus ...
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Tracking a heliographic coordinate on CCD

Given the latitude and longitude of a heliographic coordinate, I want to place the point on a CCD image and simulate its motion for a particular duration. Though I am able to track the motion of a ...
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Can Drizzle Integration increase resolution beyond theoretical resolution of telescope?

So I was wondering, if drizzle integration actually increases details in your image if the drizzled image results in higher resolution in terms of arcseconds / pixel than the telescope would allow (...
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How do we have photos of galaxies so far away?

A possible answer for this is that, light emitted from the galaxies travelled a billion miles all the way to earth, where the hubble space telescope picked up this light through its sensors, and was ...
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A real light source, or an artifact?

I was taking shots of the 2017 eclipse using my D7200 camera with a 1000 ND filter. As I was going through the pictures after downloading them to a pc, I noticed that there's what appears to be a tiny ...
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How to photograph Saturn

I have been given an old telescope (Newtonian, 910mm) and I got a mount for my DSLR and I'm trying to take some pictures of various objects. In particular, I'm trying to photograph Saturn, but I'm ...
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Weird Blob near Polaris?

I need help identifying a blob. Last night I took a picture of Polaris, and there is a weird blob in it that I can't identify. Star charts and other pictures on the 'net do not show this blob. I ...
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How to reduce star trailing when taking long exposure photographs?

My telescope's sidereal tracking is lousy: it just doesn't work. To overcome this, when taking long-exposure photographs through it, what's the best way to reduce star trailing?