Deep-Sky Astrophotography Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Getting started in astrophotography doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, and there is no better time to give it a try. 

Astrophotography can quickly become a wormhole of specialized gear, cameras, and accessories that suck you in and spiral out of control. You can easily spend a small fortune trying to get better and better images. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I am continuously amazed by what the average camera equipment and gear we all have lying around can capture.

Using just an old Canon T3i, Rokinon lens, and a Sky Watcher tracking mount, AstroBackyard shows how you can even capture deep sky images of distant nebulae. I did a review of the Mini version of the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer that is used in the video. Both are incredibly budget-friendly mounts for anyone looking to take their astrophotography to the next level.  

AstroBackyard is a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in astrophotography, whether just starting out or an advanced pro, covering everything from post-production to budget entry-level setups like this. Check out the channel and some of his guides. 

If you’re interested in getting hands-on experience with one of Sky Watcher tracking mounts, I’m teaching a workshop in Joshua Tree along with Sky Watcher for Palm Springs Photo Festival

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