Astrophotography in your backyard #5: capture a star cluster

(Image credit: Jamie Carter)

This has been a great week for trying astrophotography, and without having to leave home. The lack of pollution and aircraft make night sky photography much better - and as we have seen in this five-part series we have had a new moon, alignment of planets and a meteor show to add extra interest.

In the last part of the series, we are going to photography clusters of stars – taking advantage of the dark skies afforded by the new moon.

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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, 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.