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Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos o..

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Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos of astronomical objects, celestial events, and large areas of the night sky.

The first photograph of an astronomical object (the Moon) was taken in 1840, but it was not until the late 19th century that advances in technology allowed for detailed stellar photography.
Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.
This is done by long time exposure since both film and digital cameras can accumulate and sum light photons over these long periods of time.

Photography revolutionized the field of professional astronomical research, with long time exposures recording hundreds of thousands of new stars and nebulae that were invisible to the human eye, leading to specialized and ever larger optical telescopes that were essentially big cameras designed to record light using photographic plates. Astrophotography had an early role in sky surveys and star classification but over time it has given way to more sophisticated equipment and techniques designed for specific fields of scientific research, with image sensors becoming just one of many forms of sensor.

Astrophotography is a large subdiscipline in amateur astronomy usually seeking aesthetically pleasing images rather than scientific data. Amateurs use a wide range of special equipment and techniques.

With a few exceptions, astronomical photography employs long exposures since both film and digital imaging devices can accumulate and light photons over long periods of time. The amount of light hitting the film or detector is also increased by increasing the diameter of the primary optics (the objective) being used.
Urban areas produce light pollution so equipment and observatories doing astronomical imaging are often located in remote locations to allow long exposures without the film or detectors being swamped with stray light.

Since the Earth is constantly rotating, telescopes and equipment are rotated in the opposite direction to follow the apparent motion of the stars overhead (called diurnal motion).
This is accomplished by using either equatorial or computer-controlled altazimuth telescope mounts to keep celestial objects centered while the earth rotates.
All telescope mount systems suffer from induced tracking error due to imperfect motor drives and mechanical sag of the telescope.
Tracking errors are corrected by keeping a selected aiming point, usually a bright guide star, centered during the entire exposure.
Sometimes (as in the case of comets) the object to be imaged is moving, so the telescope has to be kept constantly centered on that object.
This guiding is done through a second co-mounted telescope called a "guide scope" or via some type of "off-axis guider", a device with a prism or optical beam splitter that allows the observer to view the same image in the telescope that is taking the picture. Guiding was formerly done manually throughout the exposure with an observer standing at (or riding inside) the telescope making corrections to keep a cross hair on the guide star. Since the advent of computer-controlled systems this is accomplished by an automated systems in professional and even amateur equipment.


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Date published: Jan 06, 2018

Current version: 1.0

Requires android: 4.0.3

Content rating: Everyone

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