From the January 2011 issue

How to capture sky images with a camera and tripod

With a simple camera-on-tripod setup, you’ll be taking great astrophotos in no time.
By | Published: January 24, 2011 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Think you need expensive equipment to shoot the sky? Think again. You don’t even need a telescope to nab wonderful wide-field shots of the night sky. If you own a sturdy tripod and a camera capable of taking time exposures, a few simple techniques will turn you into an astroimager. With more than 30 years of experience shooting the night sky, author Michael A. Covington walks you through the basics of camera-on-tripod astrophotography.