Types of camera that are suitable for Nightscapes and Astrophotography.
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Many serious astrophotographers use dedicated astrophotography cameras attached to their telescopes, these can produce tremendous results but can also be very expensive, in this article I want to concentrate on equipment that most amateur photographers will already have or is available at a reasonable cost Any camera that can shoot long exposures can be used for basic Nightscapes and Astrophotography, it’s even possible with a phone camera nowadays, when I say long exposures anything over 10 seconds is really the minimum, having said that there are never any hard and fast rules in photography and there are stacking techniques (this is were you take multiple shots and stack them to make one longer exposure shot) that can be used to produce reasonable results. You will also need a couple of extra bits of equipment, the main one being a sturdy tripod, they don’t have to be expensive the one I use the most cost 29 euros from Worten, and a remote shutter release, this will allow you to take the shot without shaking the camera, if you don’t have a remote shutter release you can extend the exposure time by a couple of seconds and hold a piece of card over the lens whilst you press the button, let the camera settle for a couple of seconds, then remove the card to start the exposure.
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