TUTORIALS

Below you will find all the Astrophotography tutorials we have written to help amateur astrophotographers progress faster in this hobby. This page will be updated continuously as we create more and more educational content. Whether you own a DSLR or an astronomy-dedicated camera, you should find something helpful below to push your nighttime photography skills forward. Most of these tutorials also have a video attached, which sometimes offers a little bit more details, so make sure to check them out!

Through these guides, you will learn what are the best deep-sky objects to image for each month of the year, how to properly set up your telescope, mount, and accessories, how to photograph the moon, what settings to pick for imaging with both a DSLR camera and a cooled camera, and much more.

Several of these tutorials also discuss the choice of equipment to use for different occasions or help you get familiar with your new Astrophotography camera.

We also give you image processing tips using PixInsight and Lightroom and show you how we process our own raw files in depth. Download our full PixInsight guide HERE.

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Starting Astrophotography:
A Complete Guide

Planning on jumping into Astrophotography?

Don't be afraid! From gear to polar alignment to processing... this guide will teach you all the basics you need to know to get started in this wonderful hobby. 
 

DSLR + TRIPOD astrophotography

Astrophotography with a DSLR camera and a tripod

Not ready to buy a telescope just yet? No problem!

This guide will teach you how to capture deep sky objects with just an old DSLR camera, a cheap lens, and a tripod! 

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Beginner Astrophotography equipment

Helping you come up with your first full astrophotography setup! 

This guide will help you pick a great beginner telescope, mount, DSLR camera and all the accessories you need to start your journey.
 

 

top 15 astrophotography targets for all seasons

Do you have no idea what to image tonight?

You are motivated, eager to go out there and photograph the night sky but find yourself completely lost as to where to aim your telescope? We are here to help! We have compiled what we believe are the 60 best deep-sky astrophotography targets to photograph for every month of the year.

 

Click on the current season below and simply pick one of the 15 deep-sky objects listed to image tonight! Each of these astronomical objects are fairly large, bright, and easy to capture for beginner to advanced amateur astrophotographers. 

If you would like to own a physical copy of this list, take a look at The Astrophotographer's Guidebook!

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Click the banner above to go to our PixInsight learning page, where we add all PixInsight-related tutorials over time. Because of the software's steep learning curve, we do our best to keep these guides short and easy to follow.

If you would like to download a PDF version of our own processing workflow, step-by-step, you can do so HERE. Included is a 78-page PDF guide, our own process icons, raw data, and a 1 hour and 45 minutes full walkthrough tutorial video.

Alternatively, you can also ask us to process your images for you. Learn more by visiting our Services tab.

 

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