When we look at the sky we are seeing it in real time as it is actually happening (give or take a few light years). If we use a camera though we can capture what is happening over a few seconds and compress it into one picture.
There are several ways of achieving this using webcams, DSLR cameras and dedicated imagers. The techniques are different. The webcams and imagers capture a movie of the sky which is then processed into one picture. The DSLRs use a combination of long exposures which are then processed into one picture.
There is lots of information on the internet, in astronomy magazines and books to help you with this operation. However, why not have a chat with some of our own very talented image hunters and learn how they did it.
Remember, they all started from the beginning so they have almost certainly experienced every challenge and will understand where you are coming from. There is no such thing as a daft question - only the one you don’t ask.
Have a look at the photo albums submitted by our members and wonder at the marvellous things there are in the sky above us.
Got some photos to share?
We love to publish the achievements of our members so if you would like to show us what you have been up to then just sign up on the members page and you can then gain access to some extras including being able to send us some photos to put onto the website.
We welcome all levels of achievement especially beginners first attempts no matter how good or bad you think they are.