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Guide: How to Create Breathtaking Timelapses of the Night Sky

Ever since I can remember, I've had a fascination with the night sky. As a young kid I'd stare up at the stars. Later, I'd take my daughter out during meteor showers to see how many shooting stars we could count. And throughout, I've experienced an uncanny need to keep staring at the full moon for about an hour after it rises. Yet my fascination with the night sky grew exponentially about six years ago when I learned that my digital SLR had the capabilities to capture the brilliance of the night sky, including details that my own eyes weren't able to resolve. After capturing a sequence of photos, it's a simple matter to turn them into breathtaking time-lapse videos.

If you're an avid photographer it's likely you already have the tools you need to start capturing the night sky. Beyond the right tools, all you really need is the right camera settings. In the chart below I have listed the basics you'll need, as well as a list of the key settings. Let's get started....

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