Astronomy and Night Photography are closely linked. Both can be great fun, offer unique views of the stars, and they require specific tools. Whether one is looking to spend a romantic evening under the stars, or if one is simply fascinated by the night sky, astronomy and night photography are great activities. Before heading out however, it is a good idea to have some of these tools:
Firstly, flashlights are essential. It may sound surprising; after all, astronomy and night photography work by being in darkness. However, Flashlights are very important for both. Even if it is just a glowstick, having a light helps one to navigate the area, check/change filters, and adjust settings on the camera or telescope. This may seem like a minor tool, but it is actually very important. In particular, it is a good idea to use red lights, as they do not effect night vision as much, and is one of the dimmest forms of light.
In addition to flashlights, it is a good idea to make sure you have all the filters you need. The filters can be great for blocking others kinds of light, while bringing the light of the stars more into focus. Filters are especially important for astronomers, as they will bring greater focus onto constellations.
Lastly, bring multiple star charts. No one become an expert overnight, and it is likely that there will be many constellations or star clusters that seem unrecognizable. Furthermore, the star charts can help one to find specific stars, some of which are only visible at certain times of the year. Star charts are very important, and they can be purchased online or at many bookstores.
With these tools, astronomy and night photography will be far easier.
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