What is astrophotography and what camera equipment do you need?

How to photograph and blend multiple images of the night sky to create beautiful star trails
(Image credit: Mike Harris)

Astrophotography is a specialised photographic discipline concerned with taking shots of objects in the night sky. It stretches from capturing a moon shot or star-speckled vista in the backyard right through to multiple long exposures of deep sky objects. 

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Jon Adams

Jon started out as a film-maker, working as a cameraman and video editor before becoming a writer/director. He made corporate & broadcast programmes in the UK and Middle East, and also composed music, writing for TV, radio and cinema. Jon worked as a photographer and journalist alongside this, and took his video skills into magazine publishing, where he edited the Digital Photo magazine for over 15 years. He is an expert in photo editing, video making and camera techniques.