Beginners guide to Astrophotography




 Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by the night sky. But it was not until 2011, Tom Lowe’s movie ‘timescapes’ blew my mind. That's when I realized that it is possible to capture the beautiful night sky illuminated with thousands of stars using a DSLR. This is where it all started for me. Timescapes is probably the best timelapse film ever made and is a must watch for anybody with a slight interest in astrophotography.

It’s now 2019, eight years later I have made several trips across the globe shooting the night sky and its time to write about it.



Lets start with the basics.


Camera equipments


A dslr/ mirrorless camera that can shoot in manual mode.

A fast lens with minimum f2.8 aperture, if possible a wide angle lens. 

A sturdy tripod.

Head torch( not necessary but will make the shooting experience much better) 



Location


Choose a location far away from all the light pollution from the cities, a high elevation is a good idea as there will be less moisture which will make the skies looks much clearer.



Time of the year


In the northern hemisphere, the core of the milky way is visible between April and October.

So ideally you should choose a clear sky night and shoot on a new moon day or closer to new moon day to get the sky as dark as possible to avoid any light pollution from the moon. Even though moon may seem like a small object in the night sky, it is actually quite bright and makes the stars less visible.







Camera settings


Put the camera on manual mode or m mode,

Aperture or f stop 2.8 or higher like 2 or 1.4,

ISO 1600-6400,