Okay, Let me give out a disclaimer before you invest anytime into further reading this –

Disclaimer: I am not an astrophotographer

I took a DSLR out to click open sky which was showing me nothing except for few scattered stars of three constellations through naked eyes..and then I decided something to do with my DSLR, so I mounted it up on my Simpex 880 tripod (which I generally use for mounting My binoculars)


Okay, this is a low ISO 100, long exposure 30sec, 35mm Auto mode picture. After I took this, I opened it in Microsoft’s word paint to identify by joining the stars into constellations and named each object above 3 /4 magnitude.

Orion Nebulae, Pleiades and Crab Nebulae
Orion Nebulae, Pleiades and Crab Nebulae

Next I opened an 18mm wide angle shot at Jupiter with 30Sec explosure and was shocked to see more stars in the view than were actually present! All thanks to light pollution of Delhi NCR (which has also recently won the title of being the World’s most polluted City on Earth, where 2.5 PM are 16 times higher than safe health norm!)

The orange colour is dispersion of light by atmosphere due to Air pollution, one can minimize this by using LPS filters for DSLRs
The orange colour is dispersion of light by atmosphere due to Air pollution, one can minimize this by using LPS filters for DSLRs

This is perhaps yet another way of appreciating astronomy I think, and I am already loving it – Taking pictures of night sky and joining the dots..its fun, reminds me of my childhood days when we use to join numbers to solve a picture puzzle inside Kid’s magazine.

You may click here to find a little more about my astronomy stuffs.

Thank you for your time

Keep riding:)


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The original purpose of this blog was promoting city cycling and popularizing urban green belt corridors, which it did for it's first one and a half year, since the year of it's launch - 2014. Now-a-days, that is, since the last two years, I haven't been city commuting on my bike, thanks to my city earning the world's most air polluted region title. And thanks to the redesigning of City roads, those are forked under construction since last six months, loosing a green cover of a whooping 9,100+ trees and the rising construction dust hazards. And lastly thanks to El nino of 2015 and El nina of 2016. I don't know if I have missed any other reason. The theme of the blog, hence, changed, into a bit of my own ramblings covering topics, such as - my travel blogging, Social issues in India, Climate change & biodiversity conservation.

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3 thoughts on “Astrophotography”

  1. That is awesome! I want to learn more constellations this summer and learn to tell the legends behind them. It would be so great to be able to look up into a starry sky and see stories and shapes everywhere.


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