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Countless galaxies and nebulae stud the darkness of space, each bringing its own unique spectacle. There will be many who would one day like to take on the challenge of capturing through photography the spiral galaxies and nebulae that lie deep in space. Astrophotography is a realm of profound depths, but when you have accrued enough experience and knowledge, we hope you’ll take an astronomical telescope in hand and draw closer to the universe by capturing the prismatic beauty of the nebulae with your camera.

* Conceptual image
Equipment courtesy of TAKAHASHI SEISAKUSHO Ltd.

* Conceptual image
Equipment courtesy of VIXEN CO. Ltd.

Photography using an astronomical telescope

There is starlight that cannot be photographed using simply a digital camera alone. Let us look at a few examples of photographs shot with the D5500 and the D750, mounted to an astronomical telescope.

The Wild Duck Cluster (M11): faint stars shining in a constellation

This is the stellar region near M11, an open cluster in Scutum. The Milky Way grows dense just around this region, and near the Omega Nebula (M17) in Sagittarius is a star cluster called the Sagittarius Star Cloud. Looking through binoculars, you’ll be able to see this cluster of stars, which has a beauty equaling even that of the regions nearest the heart of the Milky Way. Higher above the southern horizon than the astronomical bodies near Sagittarius, this stellar region is an easier subject owing to diminished influences from low-altitude effects like haze.
The D5500 was used for this shot. Equipped with a vari-angle monitor, the D5500 can boast greater ease of use when you need to check your photographic subject. In addition, it can count among its abilities its superb resolving power, which can discern the individual stars within a star cluster.

Wild Duck Cluster (M11) shot with the D5500

©Takayuki Yoshida

Telescope: Vixen VSD100F3.8 Astrograph
Mount: Vixen SXP equatorial mount, with autoguider tracking
Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
Exposure: [M] mode, composite of 4 images each shot at 180 seconds
High ISO NR/Long exposure NR: Off/Off
White balance: Auto
Sensitivity: ISO 1250

The Sagittarius Star Cloud: a gorgeous accumulation of stars

The Sagittarius Star Cloud is the densest region of stars in the summer Milky Way. Visible even through a set of binoculars, we hope you take the chance to see this astral formation during the summer months.
The D750 was used for this shot. With its superb image quality at higher sensitivity, this camera allows you to render the beauty of star formations clearly.

Vicinity of Sagittarius Star Cloud, shot with the D750

©Takayuki Yoshida

Telescope: Vixen Optics VSD100F3.8 Astrograph
Mount: Vixen SXP equatorial mount, with auto-guider tracking
Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
Exposure: [M] mode, composite of 4 images each shot at 180 seconds
High ISO NR/Long exposure NR: Off/Off
White balance: Auto
Sensitivity: ISO 1250