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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Practicing image processing and analysis

I'm just getting into image processing and analysis using Python, and I'm looking for astronomical images (preferably raw, unprocessed images) to practice on. Can anyone suggest some places I can ...
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How are the gaps filled in images captured by CCD arrays?

Large telescopes don't use a single CCD; they use arrays of them. Since CCDs can't be seamlessly joined, this means that every captured image must have gaps. But, the resulting images almost never ...
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What was the first use of time-delay integration in Astronomy? Are there instances before GAIA?

In the context of GAIA, time-delay integration is the clocking of a CCD's charge shift register at a frequency such that it matches the linear speed across the focal plane of the actual image. So even ...
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Canon camera recommendation

I am an amateur astronomer looking to upgrade from a simple point and shoot camera looking through a Newtonian telescope to a more sophisticated set-up. I lecture at a local college and I am lucky ...
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What is the horizontal distance needed to observe an object just as badly as if it where in space at the zenith?

When I see an object in space (let's say the ISS) above my head, my line of sight traverses ~$100\; km$ of atmosphere. The vast majority of the extinction, absorption and turbulence happens closer to ...
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High quality, detailed images of planets on web

I have been looking for images of the planets and have found pretty decent ones of Earth and Venus from NASA. That detail is opposed to this one of Uranus: And these of Mars, (and this and this) I ...
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Unable to achieve focus

I feel like this is going to be a duplicate of this question, Astrophotography - Unable to achieve focus with current setup. However, the suggestions to go to a straight adapter doesn't apply in my ...
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Calculating the Diameter of Jupiter through Image

I was trying to calculate the diameter of Jupiter from a picture I took of it. Here's the information I was able to get that I needed to calculate the diameter: Focal Length of Telescope: 1.2 m ...
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How to calculate local position, knowing the RA and Dec of the center of an image, RPY of the camera, and precise time?

Given a picture of stars - assume it is possible to identify the stars and their Right Ascension (RA) and Declination (Dec). By choosing one near the center of the image (or interpolating RA/Dec to ...
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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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Orion Constellation request

This isn't a question so much as a request. I'm looking for an image of the Orion constalletion I could use, but I would like to have a very high resolution HD image, whereby a lot of the deep sky ...
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Is there a database for stars? [duplicate]

I'm interested, is there any database of stars which I could browse on the internet? It would be good, because I could read their parameters, features and maybe find a picture about it. Thanks!
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Is there anything like a timelapse showing the Alpha Centauri stars orbiting around each other?

It is my understanding that the angular separation between Alpha Centauri A & B is more than enough for even amateur telescopes to resolve as 2 separate stars. Going by the plot below, over the ...
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Will the Magdalena Ridge Optical Interferometer be able to image extended objects like the surface of the Moon?

Inspired by several questions: When will a moon landing site be visible via telescope? Could the E.H.T. produce an image of the human artifacts on the moon? Picture of equipment left on the Moon? ...
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Do large telescopes, especially plans for the LSST, avoid saturation artifacts from the brightest stars and planets? If so, how?

This interesting answer to What is the LSST's plan to address frequent satellite trails in data? quotes: From the LSST webpage: The first group of Starlink satellites are sufficiently bright during ...
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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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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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How to use DeepSkyStacker to increase detail, reduces noise, and not lose colour?

I had my first attempt at shooting the Orion Nebula and am pleased that I saw it for the first time. Very exciting. I shot 10 frames and then stacked them using DeepSkyStacker which brought out all ...
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What does a narrow-band “point spread function” look like for long exposures from the VLT's large interferometric aperture?

In interferometric radio astronomy UV plots are the first step in understanding what a point spread function (PSF) will look like for a given location in the sky observed over a period of time. The ...
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Longest time after an image was taken when a new solar system body was discovered from it?

This answer to If there's nothing special about Pluto, why was it discovered so early? says: In fact, often objects are discovered to be in pictures from long ago, such as Orcus, discovered in 2004,...
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Why do all the stars near this comet show up as four separate dots in a row?

After seeing this tweet about our not-so-new but at least newly-discovered "mini-moon" I scrolled down and saw the tweeted image below. Since the object is the known short-period comet 114P/Wiseman–...
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Is there any free stacking program that stack images which are not aligned?

I liked to photo deep-sky-objects and planets with my camera Canon sx130. But I have never stacked images because they were too much apart. I was looking for some free astronomy stacking program for ...
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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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Convert RGB pixel value of an image to limiting magnitude

I have taken photos at different exposures from different places of the Orion constellation. I wish to find the effect of skyglow on the limiting magnitude of stars in the Orion constellation. How can ...
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Amateur astronomy plan for GCSE students

I'm designing an amateur astronomy observational plan for GCSE Astronomy students here in the UK. I would like some advise to the suitability of what I have selected as the content. For the beginner ...
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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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Did Hubble see a pair of UFOs? (Identify this artifact)

The image below is this one, found in this group of Hubble space telescope images of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov (C/2019 Q4). Can anyone recognize this pair of artifacts in the upper right ...
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Sagittarius star cloud?

I was using SkySafari with my phone, but the compass didn't quite work. So as I knew where the cardinal points were, I think I have shot the Sagittarius star cloud, at least a part of it. Can you ...
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How was precision astrometry done before digital imaging?

Did they just put a ruler on the photographic plate? Quite some precision must have been required to discover Neptune from its influence on Uranus for example.
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Frames per second capabilities cameras currently installed in Modern Telescopes?

What are the present real-time capabilities of various modern telescopes as video cameras? How do these compare with the capabilities various of space telescopes? For example, if it was known that ...
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What are the most popular galaxies for which we have images? [closed]

The only galaxies I can think of (not being an astronomer) are Andromeda and Milky Way. There are 51 near galaxies, but they all pretty much say "satellite of Milky way" or "satellite of Andromeda". ...
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Having some weird issues with my tracking (Advanced VX)

I need your help! I am having some weird tracking issues with my tripod (Advanced VX). When I setup and calibrated my scope yesterday I took this picture of NGC6888 (90s exposure): As you can see ...
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Why are radar images of comets shaded only on one side?

NASA published a picture of a comet the other day. The image shows the comet being lit from above. See NASA's picture below. However, since it is a radar image, I would have assumed to get a shading ...
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How can I use my current camera whose zoom lens can't be removed behind an f/6 refractor for as an astrophotography?

I am looking at an Astrotech AT60ED (60 mm f/6 with a field flattener) and a Digi-Kit telescope adapter to do astrophotography, mainly deep-sky and I'm wondering if I can use my current Panasonic DMC-...
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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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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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Retrofitting a DSLR camera to a super-cheap Tasco reflector telescope

I was given a 1995 vintage Tasco "302003" Newtonian telescope recently and have had some exciting success with it. I have managed to view the Moon in beautiful detail and also had my first glimpse of ...
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Open source alternative for RegiStar (align, rotate, and combine images into single frame)

I'm looking for a free, open-source and Linux compatible alternative to the RegiStar software. I need it to automatically combine several images into a single frame, where each individual image shows ...
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Photodetector Question: Does converting an RGB image to grayscale produce the same result as using a grayscale image detector?

FYI my application is not astronomy related, but I know astronomy folks have a lot of knowledge of photodetection and spectrometry instrumentation, so I am seeking this community's help. I'm ...
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If I have amateur astrophotography image data that might be of scientific value, what should I do?

I have some image data that may be interesting to someone, somewhere, but I don't know who to contact or notify. I would imagine it would depend on the type of data, but maybe there is a central ...
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50mm f1.8 for Astrophotography

I am considering using a 50mm f1.8 maybe even try aN 85mm f1.8 on my Astro FI 102MM Telescope have you any thoughts or suggestions? I have never taken images via a telescope so this is a whole new ...
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Python controllable amateur astrophotography cameras?

I would like to read further about any successes that amateur astrophotographers (or professionals) have had with USB CCD cameras that are controlled by Python scripts. I'd like to script the setting ...
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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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Which camera body is best introduction for beginner amateur astrophotographer?

I currently own an old 1980s Celestron eight inch orange tube schmidt cassegrain telescope with tripod. I am seriously looking to dive into some astrophotography. I also own an olympus pen epl3 ...
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Could the Sun's bending of light be measured on photographic plates before Einstein's prediction?

It was predicted from Newtonian physics already in the 18th century that gravity should bend light, but not by as much as general relativity predicts. This was first confirmed during a solar eclipse ...
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Simulating location of the moon

I'm researching high altitude photography and want to know a schedule for taking pictures of the moon. Preferably I want a picture of the (full) moon on the horizon. How would I go about scheduling ...
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When I see Mars, I see only red light

I have a 700 mm focal and 76 mm aperture telescope. I bought it a few days ago. I tried to spot Mars for 3 days but I only see red light. I use an 20 mm eyepiece for finding it and 4 mm eyepiece for ...
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360 degree image of the whole sky

I look for an image that I know exists. It is an image showing the whole sky, showing all stars and galaxies bright enough to be visible at the resolution, projected to the same shape that is commonly ...
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False-color wavelength assignments in this “drop-dead gorgeous” image of NGC 2903?

C|Net's Hubble spots drop-dead gorgeous spiral galaxy tucked into Leo links to NASA's Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy which shows the image below. The caption on the NASA page doesn't mention the ...
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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 ...