How to photograph the night sky | A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography | At-Bristol

How to photograph the night sky | A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography | At-Bristol

Learn how to take photos of the night sky, constellations, and deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula in this beginner’s guide to astrophotography, with Lee and Ross of the Live Science Team.

This video was presented by: Ross Exton & Lee Pullen
Produced by Ross Exton & Seamus Foley

How to find Orion: http://youtu.be/C7PsMLJ3zmU
How to spot a shooting stars: http://youtu.be/xNmgvlwInCA

Check out more of Lee’s astrophotography here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lee_pullen

We took our astrophotos using the following settings, but feel free to experiment and let us know how you got on…

STAR TRAILS
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Focal length: 300mm
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 120 seconds

THE MOON
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Focal length: 300mm
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 1/100th second

JUPITER AND MOONS
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Focal length: 280mm
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter speed: 1 second

PLEIADES
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Focal length: 300mm
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 1250 (high ISO shot was 6400)
Shutter speed: 1.3 seconds

GEMINI AND JUPITER
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED
Focal length: 42mM
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter speed: 20 seconds

ORION AND TAURUS
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED
Focal length: 42mm
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 15 seconds

ORION NEBULA
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Focal length: 155mm
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 2000
Shutter speed: 2 seconds

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20 Comments

  1. Daniel Smith says:

    no the light pollution looks shit. This is astro photography, we want to see stars not street lights.

  2. Liam Hall says:

    +At – Bristol Science Centre – Can you please tell me, what's the best and cheapest DSLR camera? (For beginners) I have a very low budget because I'm 14.
    I really love anything to do with space and I would love to do Astrophotography for a hobby…

    Thank you ????

  3. Adam Hurley says:

    Great video guys, I was wondering if it was possible to apply the same techniques to video photography? Thanks

  4. ♠ Lady Kenai ♠ says:

    Thanks for the video ! Will be waiting patiently for clouds to clear 😀 Washington State visiting!

  5. UZB says:

    Bristol guy reminds me of Jesse pinkman

  6. Jay Park says:

    Can I ask a question? Could I make a galaxy photograph at the south sphere(like new zealand) on January without equatorial mounting?? I really want to take that photo on my travel.

  7. Rick Bhowmick says:

    Manual or Auto focus?? Great video btw :D

  8. zjapp says:

    i took some photos from orion nebula last night. i could recognize the nebula but it was very foggy. how did you guys edit the photos?

  9. Flight Vids says:

    this helped loadsb

  10. 2009CYMRU says:

    Cool, what size is the telephoto lens used for the orion belt.

  11. RunwayHub says:

    My camera (canon EOS 700D) or more specifically my lens (EF-S 18-55mm IS STM) does not have an infinity symbol (or any symbols for that matter) by the focus ring? What should I do?

  12. Anthony Hershko says:

    Amazing video!!!!! Help me a lot!!

  13. Brandon W says:

    I just bought my first DSLR camera a few days ago and I really want to take some night sky pictures. Thanks for the video!

  14. Geneva Simmonds says:

    Nice

  15. flexwheelr says:

    If you are using a tripod why the need for large aperture? Image won't be sharp in the corners of the photo.

  16. john doe says:

    bet they can invent a water lens, that bows and flexes for mag

    put these rip-off lens companies out of business!

  17. DOITMAN says:

    Can you do a tutorial for the canon rebel t5 for night sky observatory I'm struggling here with taking pictures

  18. nite pnine says:

    Or you can turn on your flashlight. :)

  19. Exploring with KKT says:

    I cant find shutter speed and infinity focus on my camera please help ( Canon EOS 600D)

  20. FASAutomotive says:

    What it the standard or "average" shutter speed for astrophotography?  Also, what ISO do you recommend as a balance.  I understand that light pollution affects these settings, but minus that what is your recommendations?