Brian Peterson: How to photograph the night sky

  • Article by: Brian Peterson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 7:01 PM

Want to capture the sky on a clear winter night? Try these tips for serious photographers.

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neilgdDec. 26, 1310:58 PM

Very helpful article, thanks Brian!

radiocameronDec. 27, 1312:08 AM

Thanks, a very informative article. Some additional tips: Unfortunately, lenses for digital cameras focus beyond infinity. Therefore, in order to get the sharpest focus of the night sky, it's helpful if the camera has "live view." You simply switch the camera mode into live view, find the brightest object in the sky (usually the moon, Venus, or this time of year, Sirius), zoom in on it and then adjust your focus until it it pinpoint sharp. Also, remember that bringing in your camera and lens into a warm building from the cold may cause the lens, sensor and mirror to condensate. When I'm done shooting I always drape my coat or some other insulating material over my camera equipment when I come inside until it acclimates to the temperature in your house.

palsarDec. 27, 1310:32 AM

Cool article. This is something I've always wanted to try. I wish he could have listed some actual camera models in the article.

NewsGooglerDec. 27, 13 2:50 PM

Note on condensation--mentioned by radiocameraon--I usually bring gallon-sized ziplock bags with me. Once I am done, I put my electronic equipment into those bags and seal them BEFORE bringing them inside. By doing that, the bags trap the cold air inside with the equipment and allow it all to normalize to the indoor temperatures slowly, and condensation free!

jchristine15Dec. 28, 13 8:44 AM

I loved this article even though I'm not a serious photographer. Thank you! Maybe sometime you could do an article for us amateurs for our point and shoots? I haven't found time to take a class and I have so many settings that I don't know how to use yet. Thanks again for your inspiring photos.

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