7 types of astrophotography you need to know about

Milky Way across Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia
(Image credit: Getty Images)

What do you think about when you hear the word ‘astrophotography’? You might think of the James Webb Space Telescope and its incredible close-ups of nebulae and galaxies far away. Or perhaps you think it's more to do with images of the Milky Way, the moon or the northern lights. Astrophotography means all kinds of things to photographers, from landscape photography at night to the more technical pursuit of deep sky close-ups using telescopes and planetary cameras.

Astrophotography is becoming more popular and more accessible in all of its guises, but it's such a broad subject that we've divided it up into seven genres and styles of images that often require different photography gear. With this guide you should be able to differentiate between the different images you see on social media and better understand what the photographer had to do to get the shot.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.