Top Tips For Photographing The Moon Using A Telescope

Almost every other day the sky is bright and shows a great view especially with the night effect added to it. It feels so good to see it! At night the bright light of stars and moon with darkness in the background looks just awesome.

Many photographers exhibit a great temptation to shoot its pictures, especially of the moon. While you can click images of the whole scenario with a normal camera but the clarity is just not satisfying. Especially there’s a great difference in the clicked photograph than what it appears to be in reality. And I more than sure that you would’ve noticed that too!

Furthermore, many photographers believe that using a DSLR over an SLR or a Point & Shoot camera will resolve this issue. Well, it does help in enhancing the quality a bit but still most of the times the clicked image will not be that satisfying.

The only and the best way to fix this issue is with the help of telescope photography. In this type of photography, you will be taking the help of a telescope to click pictures either of the whole scenario, the stars or the moon only.


Telescope Photography Tips


Using a telescope to see the whole scenario is easy but using it for photography is a bit tricky especially if you are just getting started with it. There are dozens of things that you need to keep in mind and focus onto in order to capture a good photograph using a telescope.

However, broadly, you should keep an eye on the following things:

Get To Know Your Method

There are 2 ways to approach telescopic photography. These approaches are commonly referred to as telescope photography methods which namely are Afocal and Prime Focus.

Here’a table for a better understanding and nice distinction for both of these methods.




Prime Focus

1. Definition
Capturing a photograph by setting the telescope towards the desired scenario and pinpointing the camera towards its eye.Capturing a photograph by directly attaching a camera to the telescope using various accessories and adaptability settings.
2. Cost
This method is relatively inexpensive.This method is quite costly.
3. Suitability
Any type of camera can be used.Only certain type of camera can be used.
4. Picture Quality
It is satisfying but not up to the mark.Picture quality is flawless.


Don’t Get Too Shaky

Regardless of the method that you use to photograph the moon using a telescope, a big problem that you will get stuck with will be – blurry images.

The reason of this blurriness is shaking of the camera while clicking it.

Now, this issue can’t be fully resolved because it will happen no matter what you do. The best way to deal with this issue is to minimize its chances.

And the best way to do that is using a support for holding your camera. Using a tripod for holding your camera is highly recommended.

Exposure Is Also Tricky

When you are clicking normal pictures then setting up the exposure levels is fairly easy because you know how much light is there in the surroundings and how well your object is lit or can potentially be.

However, while photographing the moon via a telescope this phenomenon does not hold completely true. While setting up your exposure keeping it to a bit darker side than normal is advised in order to obtain a well-balanced picture in this regard. This is because the light coming from the moon will be much more in the photograph than its visibility in actual.

Opt For Manual Focus

Having the right focus for clicking a good picture is very crucial.

Therefore, almost each and every camera comes with autofocus and by default, this setting is enabled.

However, while performing a telescopic shoot you will be better off by using a manual focus especially when you are using a large lens (in the case of DSLR) because autofocus doesn’t adapt to such conditions well.

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