Astrophotography for Beginners

Ever wanted to take a picture of the stars? Did you try and it didn’t turn out so well? Astrophotography expert Dennis Roscoe will be at the planetarium on April 26 from 7 – 8 p.m to show what it really takes to photos of the cosmos. In the meantime, learn how to piggyback on some of the photography skills with these suggestions.

1. Find the right location

We all know we can’t see the stars as well in the city as we do in the country, so if you want to get a good shot of the night sky then you might want to drive 45 minutes to an hour north of Milwaukee.

From roscoeskies.com

2. Have the right equipment

If you just want a nice picture of the night sky with stars that aren’t blurring together, a digital camera and a tripod will do the trick. For more advanced photos of nebulae and galaxies, you will need a telescope with an equatorial mount to track the stars. (Hint: We have these on Wednesday nights for stargazers). 

3. Work Manually


With a digital camera, you can adjust the settings to work the light in just the right way. The higher the ISO and the wider the shutter speed are will increase your chances of great photos. Don’t forget to set your camera to manual exposure mode, too!

4. Record your work

It might not be perfect your first or second time around, but keep archives of your work and records to determine the best settings for your camera. Keep practicing!
If you want to read more on Astrophotography for beginners, check out Astropix.com, SkyandTelescope.com and RoscoeSkies.com for more information.