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Humankind has always wondered about the vast expanse of space and everything in it. Perhaps most interesting are the celestial objects that stand out in [...]

As soon as technology allowed it, photography evolved out of humankind’s desire to capture incredible images in still life. While we look back at priceless [...]

Sooner or later we all enter the “watermark phase.” But the use of a watermark is a controversial subject in photography. Half of the people [...]

Star Trek represents man’s insatiable curiosity to adventure into and explore the far reaches of the universe. This simple concept has exploded into a multitude [...]

Star Wars is a masterful space opera that started all the way back in 1977 with a movie that would change the world forever. Fans [...]

Whether your camera equipment is a hobby or a livelihood, it is an investment that you want to keep safe. Even if you get caught [...]

You’d be hard-pressed to find a photographer who doesn’t recommend either a monopod or a tripod to stabilize your shots so you can walk away [...]

Many people entering into the realm of stargazing just aren’t ready to drop tons of money on a telescope. Monoculars and binoculars serve as a [...]

The mount is the most important part of your astrophotography setup. While this is true, one should understand what mount best suits his/her needs. Beginners [...]

ProMaster may not be the biggest name in tripods, a long history and focus on quality make the brand worthy of your attention. When you’re [...]

The best astrophotos require strength and endurance from the photographer to locate the shot, set up the rig, and wait for the right moment. A [...]

Not all of us are professional photographers who can afford to drop thousands of dollars on the most expensive tripods out there. If you find [...]

Capturing a crystal clear first quarter moon amid a backdrop of stars after sunset or snapping Orion as he walks across the sky battling Taurus [...]

As astrophotographers, we take pride in our star-filled landscape photos. We’re willing to get away from light pollution and sit for hours with an open [...]

There’s nothing quite like a nighttime landscape full of countless stars and a drizzle of Milky Way mixed in. While such moments may be fleeting, [...]

Slik is a well-established tripod and ball head brand with decades of innovation under its belt. This experience has helped them shape models that meet [...]

The MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Classic Travel Tripod is a premier option for astrophotography. It has several different features that help new or experienced photographers capture incredible [...]

Vanguard understands that the clearest starry nights aren’t found in the city but rather off the beaten path where unknown conditions arise. Their tripods are [...]

Landscape photography sometimes requires traveling to a remote location, taking the time to set up a perfect shot, and many times waiting for the right [...]

There’s nothing like settling in to a quiet spot on a beautiful starlit night, setting up your tripod and camera to capture the Moon or [...]

Memory cards themselves may not be terribly expensive, but they often contain innumerable priceless memories that are essential to protect. With a wide range of [...]

Tripods are a necessity for capturing the best photos, but determining the best tripod for you can be a daunting process. When it comes to [...]

Not many years ago, astrophotography was a nice and costly market, far from being mainstream.  In more recent years, though, affordable star trackers for wide-field [...]

As photos and videos get higher in quality each time camera technology improves, the picture’s file size increases too. It’s crucial to not only find [...]

Landscapes have enthralled humans for millennia, and advances in photography make it easier and easier to capture those epic scenes. Having the right tripod can [...]

Tripods serve to provide the best possible conditions for shooting the next fantastic photo. Mini and tabletop tripods provide a lightweight and portable means for [...]

Diving into photography can be an overwhelming endeavor for any beginner, especially with the number of tripods out there. It can be daunting to decipher [...]

Whether you’re backpacking through European cities or through the serene countryside, a tripod can help you capture incredible photos that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. However, [...]

Lighting is an essential part of home life, but there’s no need to limit yourself to basic light sources in and around your home. Those [...]

We can see thousands of stars from Earth on a clear night, as long as there’s not a lot of light pollution. In looking at [...]

A tripod needs to be able to go wherever you need to and not make the trek an unenjoyable experience. Even in the city, the [...]

Our planet has a finite number of natural resources, and as a result, we’ve started to look to places like the Moon for sustainability. Precious [...]

Night and day occur just like clockwork. Even though we’re not guaranteed a sunrise, we’ve come to expect the Sun to rise and set each [...]

When you take a photograph, you freeze a moment in time, and hopefully this instant will be able to tell a story. Sometimes though, a [...]

Stability is vital when capturing the perfect photo, and that’s just not possible without a tripod. For those who like to bring out the heavy [...]

At some point, mankind stopped looking at the Moon as some impossible object in the sky and started to decipher the science behind making the [...]

From Earth, we can look up at the Moon and see several areas that appear darker than the rest. These darker regions make up the [...]

Our Moon is a mystical place to those of us on Earth. Dating back centuries and millennia, ancient humans have given names to the Moon [...]

We are fortunate to have the Moon as such a close celestial friend in the sky. During a full moon, it beautifully illuminates our nights [...]

With the Sun settled below the horizon, the Moon is the brightest object in our nighttime sky. The larger it is, the more intently the [...]

On any clear night, it’s always apparent if the Moon is out. Its unmistakable glow permeates the night and helps light our way. Nights without [...]

Everything in space is moving in some way, shape, or form. Understanding how and why those objects move, though, is a different story. In this [...]

When visible, the Moon is the brightest object in the nighttime sky. What makes the Moon so interesting is that it seems to slowly fade [...]

Looking up at the Moon today, our neighbor looks cold and dormant. Things, however, are not always what they seem. Scientists are constantly discovering new [...]

The Moon has been our celestial neighbor in space for as long as history is able to indicate. The Moon has had an effect on [...]

What is infinity focus? How to use it? Is that the same as the hyperfocal distance? Photography is a world with plenty of technical stuff [...]

In photography, technology in videography has moved forward in giant leaps. Long gone are the day of 8mm, Super 8 films, and video cassettes. For [...]

The Moon seems to undergo a strange transformation each month as it seemingly grows and shrinks in the sky. There’s obviously much more to the [...]

As the Moon orbits our planet time and again, it passes through various lunar cycles. A lunar cycle, however, isn’t quite as clearly defined as [...]

Water is an essential component for life on Earth. Without it, none of us would be here reading this article. We take it for granted, [...]

We don’t often think about magnets when we talk about objects in our Solar System. Large celestial objects like Earth have magnetic fields that help [...]

Memory cards, whether they are Compact Flash, SD, or microSD, are solid-state memories used in a wide array of electronic devices, from smartphones to digital [...]

Long gone are the days when firing the shutter was the culmination of careful planning and skillful crafting. Some people use this argument to bash [...]

When we look up at the Moon in the sky, we always see the same “Man on the Moon” staring back at us. However, at [...]

The Moon has always loomed over us. As technology advanced and rockets got bigger, it became a show of power to see which country could [...]

We’ve all lived thousands of days already here on Earth. For most of us, a day on Earth involves waking up, performing whatever tasks we [...]

On Earth, we are blessed to have a planet with very active layers directly under our feet. These layers play an essential role in our [...]

The Moon, spinning quietly through space, looks completely different from the world we live in. With the Earth so full of life and color, people [...]

Is the Moon hot, or is it not? Scientists have wondered that question for ages. What looks like a completely dead world to us is [...]

Our Solar System is such an incredible place. Although many objects are still waiting to be found, planets have been known to humans for thousands [...]

Here on Earth, we often take the air that we breathe for granted. It is so abundant that we don’t even have to think about [...]

And so you are shopping for a telescope for astrophotography and you are considering getting a refractor. That’s a good choice: they are popular, basically [...]

In a universe of lights, the moon shines bright. Two hundred thousand miles away, the moon’s gravitational attraction determines the high and low tides of [...]

Our Moon has always been a mystery. There are many theories on how it formed, but we still don’t know for sure. We finally got [...]

We all know that you need to find the right combination of a tripod, a mount, and a telescope to get a stable platform for [...]

The Celestron PowerTank Lithium Pro, while at its core being a versatile high-capacity power bank, is more suited to the needs of astrophotographers and astronomy [...]

If there are two types of tripods that are the most popular and usually found in the hands of many photographers, those are the aluminum [...]

What are the best camera settings for astrophotography? Such a simple question has not a simple answer. The quality of the sky, the specific gear [...]

Astrophotography is the realm of heavy post-processing: in order to create a pleasant and detailed image, you can’t avoid using powerful techniques such as image [...]

If you ask a bunch of people what color is the Moon, you’ll probably get different answers.  Ask your kids and they will say the [...]

The spotting scope, like any other high magnification gear, works best when it’s mounted on a sturdy tripod. It will then give you the most [...]

No matter if you’re a beginner astrophotographer or an experienced stargazer, obtaining a high magnification device to observe the night sky will surely be one [...]

The Moon has always played a central role in human civilizations, from being used to keeping track of time to inspire myths and music. And [...]

Humidity can cause all sorts of problems with your camera gear. If you want to store all your astrophotography equipment in a safe and organized [...]

I have a soft spot for the Moon; since I was a young kid, my father would let me see it through his old 30x [...]

And so it begins: you got some nice shots of the Moon, and now you are hungry for more and better images. After understanding how [...]

The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer PRO is one of the most common star trackers used among beginner and amateur astrophotographers.  I personally own two of these [...]

“What is the sharpest lens I could buy? How to avoid blurred images? My images are turning out soft: what am I doing wrong?” If [...]

Stargazing with your binoculars is a great way to observe the sky. Even better is when you attach them to a tripod so you can [...]

We all know how magnificent the night sky is and how great the experience of viewing it through a pair of binoculars can be while [...]

While it’s possible to take photos of the night sky and the celestial objects of your choice in one night, it’s not uncommon to find [...]

Getting to a remote location to set up all of your astro gear for a night of star watching means having to walk in pitch-black [...]

New astrophotography group member: “Hi, I’d like to get some photos of stars. Could you suggest some settings for my smartph…” The astrophotography group: Until [...]

It’s a well-known fact that tripods are a necessary piece of photography gear for many people, especially those dabbling in astrophotography. Keeping them in perfect [...]

Are you planning a trip to a remote location for a night photoshoot? Or even just camping to get away for a while? Then you [...]

We all know that stability is essential in the world of photography when it comes to getting sharp photos and smooth videos, especially in darker [...]

If there’s one sensitive type of photography gear that requires constant care and protection to remain in a functional and well-preserved shape, it has to [...]

Astrophotography from the city: yay or nay? Let me get this straight: there is nothing, n-o-t-h-i-n-g, as a truly dark sky for astrophotography. On the [...]

Twinkle twinkle little starHow I wonder what you areUp above the world so highLike a diamond in the skyTwinkle, twinkle little starHow I wonder what… [...]

Any kind of photographer working in harsher and colder conditions is already aware of the necessity and usefulness of having a pair of gloves with [...]

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