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Join us (as well as the CNN Light Years blog) today at 2:30 p.m. ET for a special Facebook edition of our roundtable, with R. Jay GaBany, one of the world’s leading amateur astrophotographers.
Jay will answer your questions about celestial photography and share his tips for how to get the best brag-worthy snapshots of meteor showers, the Milky Way and the night sky using minimal equipment.
Once again, we’re trying our roundtable on Facebook this week, so go there to take part. Also, we’ll be focused on space photography this week, so if you have any other questions, please post here in the comments or send one of us a private message. See you on Facebook!
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I have just a digital camera, how do I take pictures of stars? it never does come out well. I could not find the FB roundtable page.
Basic settings to use. ISO greater than 800 but any higher than 1600 and the picture will be grainy. Open shutter of at least 8 seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds or the stars will start to trail. Zoom all the way into a bright star, like vega, then use a digital zoom as far as you can go in, focus the image the best you can, then zoom all the way out. Point and shoot. Other things you might want to look at is setting your white balance to daylight. Turn redeye reduction off and make sure your f-stop is as low as it goes, but usually the f-stop adjusts along with the zoom of the lens.
Oh yeah, and use a tripod.
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