night sky photography

Shooting Stars eBook

How to Photograph the Moon and Stars with your DSLR


Ever wished you could capture stunning images of the night sky? Thought you needed complicated and expensive equipment?

Shooting Stars, written by David Malin Astrophotography Award winner Phil Hart, will show you how to shoot your own stunning images of the moon and the stars with just your digital SLR and a tripod. It will teach you about five key styles of night sky photography and the camera settings required for each:

  • Twilight landscapes
  • Night sky scenes (short exposures)
  • Star trails (long exposures)
  • The Moon
  • Night sky timelapse videos

The updated 2021 edition includes an entire new section on 'Tracking the Stars', an introduction to long-exposure astrophotography, and image processing, with portable equatorial tracking mounts.

If you've ever wanted to photograph the night sky, I'm very confident this eBook will help you a lot!

28
Feb

Shooting Stars Camera List

The Field Guide in the Shooting Stars eBook includes a short description of how to find ten most commonly used settings for night sky photography of the moon and stars (astrophotography) on all of the following cameras.

28
Feb

Updating your Shooting Stars eBook

If you have purchased Shooting Stars eBook previously, you can update to Version 4 with the entire new section on 'Tracking the Stars' - an introduction to long-exposure astrophotography, and image processing, with the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer or other portable equatorial tracking mounts.

Referring to your existing copy of the eBook, use the first word and title of Page 24 as a 'Promo Code' in the shopping cart, for a 75% discount and get your updated copy of Shooting Stars for just $4.95. 

10
Jan

Geminid Meteor 'Shower' - December 2020

Geminid Meteor Shower - Composite Image - Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th December 2020

Despite living in the southern hemisphere, with no moon and a clear night or two forecast, I decided to have a crack at capturing Geminid meteors in December 2020. But I was a bit rusty.

18
Aug

Planets align over Snowy Mountains

The evening 'highlight' of six days back country skiing in NSW with Tim and Eric was the planetary alignment of Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in the evening sky. I had only a compact Canon Powershot G1X Mark II with me and it took a few nights to get the weather and scenery to cooperate but after an hour of trapsing around and lying down in the snow and wind I managed to capture this shot on our last night out.

Planets align over Snowy Mountains

Planets align over snowy mountains under moonlight (from bottom Venus, Mercury, Jupiter)
Canon Powershot G1X Mark II, Panorama 2 x 10 secs, f3.5, ISO400

26
Sep

What the Aurora Really Looks Like

Inspired by Harald Moltke - Painter of the Aurora

There are two key messages about what you see in this video:

  • All of the digital imagery is animated and displayed in real-time.
  • Colours have been de-saturated to match the visual appearance.

It's no surprise that seeing the aurora is on many people's 'bucket list'. But with the proliferation of digital images and timelapse videos of the aurora, those same people may travel with unrealistic expectations of what they will see with their own eyes.

10
Mar

Shooting Stars Camera Models

My Shooting Stars eBook will help you with great information about using any digital SLR for night sky photography. In particular, the field guide includes information on where to find the ten most common night sky photography settings on the dials and menus of all of these DSLR camera models:

Canon:

  • 700D/Rebel T5i, 650D/Rebel T4i, 600D/Rebel T3i, 550D, 500D, 450D
  • 1200D/Rebel T5, 1100D/Rebel T3, 1000D/Rebel XS
  • 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D
  • 6D, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 5D, 7D Mark II, 7D
  • 1DX, 1DC, 1Ds Mark III
30
Aug

Accessories for Night Sky Photography

You can make a great start in night sky photography with just your DSLR and a tripod. However, these accessories will all help once you start getting serious:

15
Apr

Lunar Eclipse at Maryborough Station

With this lunar eclipse starting low in the sky, I decided to try and capture an image sequence of the partial phases showing the type of photography that can be done with simple gear and 'night sky photography' techniques. After some on-line and on-ground scouting around my new home territory in central Victoria, I settled on the grand old Maryborough Railway Station as my location, which *just* allowed me the sight lines on the eclipse I needed, or at least so I thought from Google Earth and Streetview.

Partial Phases of Lunar Eclipse over Maryborough Station Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm lens at 82mm Nine exposures of the Moon each 1/90 sec, f/8, ISO200 stacked (using lighten blending mode) with one 2 second exposure of foreground.

Execution went mostly to plan and this result is close to what I had in mind, except that the car park and grounds at the station had been significantly reworked since Google Earth/Streetview was last there so that threw out my planning a little. I was using a tall ladder to gain a little extra clearance over the roof of the station, hoping to pick up an image of the Moon at the end of totality, but my compass alignment wasn't quite accurate enough and so that happened behind the clock tower. Still I wanted the action to be close to the tower and the centre of the frame so I'm happy with how this worked out. I have several other versions of the foreground during twilight to experiment with as well.

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