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My first look through a telescope was filled with excitement and disappointment at the same time. Excitement about being able to see the structures of distant nebulae and galaxies “live”. I felt disappointment because everything could only be seen in black and white. It didn’t have too much in common with the wonderfully colored pictures from books and magazines. As a hobby photographer for many years, my ambition was quickly aroused to take such pictures myself. At first I was afraid that I would have to invest a lot of money in special equipment, but I quickly learned that it doesn’t have to be.
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The focal length of a normal telephoto lens (fixed focal length or zoom) is already sufficient for many celestial objects, so there is only one problem to overcome: the earth’s rotation. This means that you can only achieve a round star image if you use short exposure times. In the telephoto range of 150 to 300 millimeters, for example, only 1 to 3 seconds are possible before the stars become line-shaped. This is often not enough for an attractive astrophoto. The solution is to move the camera with the earth’s rotation, and thus be able to record round stars over many seconds or even minutes. Another technique in astrophotography is to add many such individual shots together.
First of all, you should know what you can basically record with your existing system camera – with and without mirror – and a normal telephoto lens in the focal length range between 70 and 300 millimeters. Two things are important for this: the brightness and the size of the celestial objects. However, since both factors also depend to a large extent on the distance of the objects from Earth, one does not speak of absolute values, but of an “apparent brightness” and “apparent size”. There are various ways of getting started with deep-sky photography without a telescope Nebulae and galaxies that appear large and bright enough for us on Earth to photograph them impressively with simple means.
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