10 night-scape photography hacks: boost your set-up with these simple tips

10 ways to hack your astrophotography
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Working at night is not easy. Go out on a clear night with the intention of doing some astrophotography and you'll come up against some problems. It's dark, so you will lose things. You'll kick over your tripod. So you'll need a torch to see what you're doing, which will ruin your long exposure photograph and kill your night vision. You'll get hungry and cold. The stars in your beautiful photos will look blurry and after all that you’ll have learned nothing about what you’re actually trying to capture. From Velcro and star-trackers to fluorescent stickers and L-brackets, here’s how to pimp your night-scape rig and get more out of astrophotography.  

1. Use a really sturdy tripod

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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.