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Astrophotography 101: Choosing a Telescope

By Anthony Thurston on March 11th 2013

Photography is one of those hobbies that you can pour never ending amounts of cash into, there is always something new and shiny to spend your money on. But if you’re into astronomy, or star gazing chances are that you may be interested in Astrophotography (Taking pictures of stars and space). One thing that you will need in addition to your normal photography gear is a telescope and it can be hard for beginners to choose a photography worthy telescope.

That is where Mr. Forrest Tanaka comes in. During his 30 minute video Mr. Tanaka goes through a variety of topics regarding choosing a telescope and the various options that are available to you based on the different types of things that you want to shoot. If you have a spare 30 minutes check out the video below.


I think that this is awesome, the knowledge that I gained regarding Astrophotography (something I have never even thought about) was invaluable. If I ever do decide to get into this niche of photography – something that would be crazy considering my area has cloud cover 80% of the year. – I think that I will have good footing to get started.

Are you into Astrophotography? Thinking that you are going use the information in this video? Let us know in the comments below!

[via PetaPixel]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. Sean

    GRAHHH Astrology =/= Astronomy! Astrology is horoscopes and junk…please don’t mix them up!

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  3. David Hendricks

    A really pleasant video. Clear explanations of the different options -neither too brainy, nor over-simplified- with their different strengths and weaknesses. Presented to “inform”, not to “sell”… which is refreshing.

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