Telescopes have made accessible the previously unexplored territory of space photography, and also made it possible to produce high-quality images of space. Modern telescopes are pre-fitted with a camera which is capable of capturing standard superior quality images of space. Even without the camera fitting, you may be able to take pictures of space with a normal camera using your telescope.
The most basic requirement is a focus on the subject of the photograph. A high-quality image differs from a lower quality one primarily on the factor of clarity. Once the eyepiece is in the correct position, with the subject clearly in focus, the camera should be placed over the eyepiece. This is the setup required to take pictures making use of the telescopes field of vision.
Although it sounds quite simple, there are some things that must be kept in mind before carrying out photography using the telescope lenses. After the telescope has been brought into the correct position, it is still required to use the maximum resolution that the camera offers, i.e. pixel size should be at its maximum value. Although you’ll not be able to store too many photographs with such setting, you will still be more than satisfied with the quality of the images thus produced.
If the camera you use is a high-end model, then it is the “f” value that has to be kept at its minimum figure. This allows the shutter to remain open for a longer time, and allows better images to be captured through the telescope. Once these brilliant images are in your hands you can go ahead and dazzle your family and friends with the sheer quality of your work.
While attempting such photography, you will come face to face with the sheer magnitude and size of the universe, and our view of space. As you gaze at the stars through your telescope, you will soon find that the little that you can see does not even compare to the whole space that is out there. You may turn around and question your idea of size and space, and begin to wonder if there is any limit to the size of an object, however big or small.
It is not unlikely that you will feel insignificantly small once you start space photography. If you feel too small, make good use of your telescope. Zoom in on something that is far away, and view it closely, observing every minute detail on it, till you feel that you aren’t all that small either. And though we may sometimes seem to be the most insignificant tiny creatures in this universe, it is always best to remember that our minds make us superior, not our size.
Once you start stargazing and photographing the wondrous expanse of space, you will slowly but surely fall in love with the world around and above you. It is only when you are a connoisseur of its beauty that you can call yourself a true space aficionado.
If you haven’t yet picked up your telescope and gotten clicking, you should start right away. There is so much beauty in space, and when you are able to name each celestial body viewed through your telescope as if you’ve known it for years, you will cherish the experience for years to come.