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CLIP 13919

How to take photographs of the night sky

How to take photographs of the night sky
Key Info
  • How to take photographs of the night sky
  • Duration: 04:53
  • Mark Thompson, an expert astronomer, explains how high quality images can be taken of the night sky using relatively commonplace technology. He takes the viewer through the specific manual setting for using a digital SLR camera to take images (wide aperture, long exposure and a high ISO setting). He shows the viewer how to place a card in front of the camera until just after pressing the button to minimise any wobble. Mark then explains how compact cameras can be put to the eye piece of telescopes to take high quality images, before explaining how webcams and free software from the internet can take even better ones. Images taken by amateur photographers are shown.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Space Exploration

  • Keywords: Stargazing, Stargazing Live, photography, astro-photography, tripod, exposure, Great Nebula, Orion, jellyfish nebula, Andromeda galaxy, composite imaging.
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as an introduction to taking images of the night sky. The procedures shown here could easily be copied at home.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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