Home Hobbies Astrophotography Project for Begginners

Article Categories

Astrophotography Project for Begginners PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Sunday, 16 December 2007 01:36
Article Index
Astrophotography Project for Begginners
Lenses and Camera Settings
Back Home
All Pages

One thing I really love to do is to go star gazing. On a night where it isn't cloudy, take the car and drive down to a place without too much light or distractions. I used to try and get friends along only to find that they were sometimes not sharing my enthusiasm about the stars. I later discovered it was better to have an activity to share together around it than what might seem to them like looking up at a bunch of random dots in the sky. So here's a project I've designed which can be done with your friends on a night out :  A great way to observe the sky is by photographing it. This enables you to isolate a part of the sky and distinguish some constellations. The adventure doesn't end with the picture taking; when you head back home, you can print the pictures and link the stars within a constellation using white ink. You can make this even more fun by trying to imagine what the greeks saw in the sky and by drawing it over the constellation.  Here is a step by step guide to doing it.


Taking the Pictures

For the photographies, you'll have to first select well-known constellations that you can already locate in the sky. The first shots I took when I did it were of Cassiopea, Ursa Major and the Dolphin because they are easily recognizable. I made use of a single reflex camera (35 mm) because the digital cameras with the settings we need are for professional use only (and therefore very expensive). So what you want to put your hands on is very old cameras that your grandparents may have stored in the attic.


   One thing about the Big Dipper is it's not actually a constellation.  The Big Dipper, which you see here drawn in golden, is actually what we call an aterism; a smaller, recognizable pattern within a bigger constellation

  What you see here is the actual full constellation of Ursa Major (or "the Big Bear).  Even then lines are going out of the drawing because I did not have enough space, but you nottice only the rear and the tail are represented by the asterism of the big dipper.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 December 2007 02:12 )

Who is the Platform for?