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Astrophotography tips: How-to guides and videos on getting your best shots

Astrophotography tips: How-to guides and videos on getting your best shots
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Astrophotography might make you think of prohibitively expensive camera kit and complicated techniques, but there aren't necessary for successful captures. With these astrophotography tips, however, you can start taking pictures of the night sky with minimal investment.

In fact, even with just a basic DSLR (opens in new tab) or mirrorless camera (opens in new tab), a tripod (opens in new tab) and a camera remote (opens in new tab), there's a lot you can achieve. It does, however, pay to think about a few other things, such as getting to get the the right place at the right time, and knowing what the weather is likely to do.

Our guides run through some of the basic astro shots you can attempt, and some of the more specialist ones that may only be possible at very specific times. Scroll down to find one you like the sound of and get up to speed on how to get going.

Astrophotography tips: How to photograph the night sky, the moon and more

Astronomical events for astrophotographers in 2022 (opens in new tab)
From eclipses to supermoons, these are the key out-of-this-world opportunities for astrophotographers to put into their diaries for 2022

The beginner's guide to photographing the night sky (opens in new tab)
Just getting started? Then start here. This guide is packed full of astrophotography tips and explains how to get set up, what camera settings to use and how to tackle the Milky Way.

How and when to photograph the Moon (opens in new tab)
How exactly do you photograph the Moon? And when should you attempt to do so? This is one of our most popular guides.

How to photograph a blood moon (opens in new tab)
Want to try shooting a total lunar eclipse? Find out where you need to be, when the next one will occur and how best to capture it.

How, where and when to photograph the northern lights (opens in new tab)
Top of the bucket list for many photographers, capturing the northern lights requires the right weather, time, kit and approach – all of which is covered in this guide.

How to photograph the International Space Station (opens in new tab)
Getting a close-up of the International Space Station may be out of the question, but you can still capture an orbital trail across the night sky. Here's how.

How to photograph the Perseids meteor shower (opens in new tab)
The Perseids meteor shower will peak between 12-13 August this year. Here's what to think about beforehand and what to do once you have you camera pointed at the sky.

How to photograph the Eta Aquarid meteor shower (opens in new tab)
This lesser-known meteor shower will peak on the 6-7 May this year. Here's is what you need to know if you want to photography this incredible natural phenomenon created by the remnants of Halley's Comet.

How to photograph a comet (opens in new tab)
Comet Neowise was the big astronomical event for photographers back in 2020. 

How to photograph a total solar eclipse (opens in new tab)

Australasia is the place to be if you want to see the next total solar eclipse on 23 April 2023 - you will be able to photograph and experience totality in various spots across the Pacific. 

Day in the life of a professional astrophotographer (opens in new tab)
We spend a moonless summer's night with pro astrophotographer Alyn Wallace photographing the Milky Way and the ISS in Wales

Photographing Venus and other planets (opens in new tab)
Jamie Carter goes out to shoot our brightest planets during lockdown

Photographing a star cluster (opens in new tab)
Jamie Carter goes out to shoot our brightest planets during lockdown

Astrophotography with a smartphone (opens in new tab)
How to take photos of the night sky using the latest camera phones

Astrophotography video guides

How to shoot stunning landscapes by the light of the moon (opens in new tab)
Out shooting a landscape and light levels start to fall? Don't pack up; embrace it and capture something special. Our friends at PhotoPlus magazine (opens in new tab) show you how.

How to capture star trails (opens in new tab)
Probably one of the neatest night sky images you can take, the team at N-Photo magazine (opens in new tab) explain how to shoot and stack star trails images.

Northern Lights photography: (opens in new tab)
tips and techniques for stunning images (opens in new tab)

James Paterson heads to Iceland to show how to seek out and photograph the Aurora Borealis in the Arctic

How to create a moonstack (opens in new tab)
With a bit of research, the right location and some clever post-processing, you can also show the path of the moon across the sky. Our friends over at N-Photo (opens in new tab) let you in on the secret.

Useful gear:
The best camera for astrophotography (opens in new tab)
The best lenses for astrophotography (opens in new tab)
The best star tracker mounts (opens in new tab)
The best spotting scopes (opens in new tab)
The best binoculars (opens in new tab)
The best telescopes for astrophotography (opens in new tab)
The best light pollution filters (opens in new tab)
The best CCD cameras for astrophotography (opens in new tab)
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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, 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.