Shooting the stars: Get photo tips!
August 22nd, 2012
01:53 PM ET

Shooting the stars: Get photo tips!

Do you love to shoot the stars?

Join Light Years and CNN iReport on Facebook tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET for a chat with R. Jay GaBany, one of the world’s leading amateur astrophotographers.

Jay will answer your questions about celestial photography and share his tips for how to get the best brag-worthy snapshots of meteor showers, the Milky Way and the night sky using minimal equipment.

See more of photos like the one above on his website and learn more about him here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Moon, Jupiter and Venus light up the sky
Planets aligned on Saturday to give stargazers a celestial delight. Jupiter is at the top and Venus is on the bottom.
February 27th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Moon, Jupiter and Venus light up the sky

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon came together in a shining triangle on Saturday and Sunday night, putting on a show for stargazers from Virginia to California.

Photographer Scott Shoup went to a lake near his home in Superior, Colorado, hoping to get a shot of the moon and planets reflecting off the water.

In Iron Mountain, Michigan, Jason Asselin heard about the alignment but snow was in the forecast, so he was expecting a cloudy sky when he went outside on Saturday night. He was "surprised and happy to find out that the clouds actually weren't there, and I was able to see Venus, Jupiter and the Moon very clearly." He grabbed his camera and tripod and shared a few shots. (Venus is the one closest to the moon.)

Matt Hartman, a photographer in Los Angeles, California, set up his tripod on the balcony and shot photos every 10 seconds from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to create this time-lapse video of the objects  disappearing from view as clouds move in.

Hartman often shoots celestial happenings and says, "It’s always a real pain to get things in space because you're moving, the things in space are moving, and space is moving."

If you enjoy counting stars and tracing comet tails, we want to hear from you at CNN iReport. All cool space and science stories are welcome!

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Watching 100 meteors in Swindon, England
January 5th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Watching 100 meteors in Swindon, England

Photographer and stargazer Renata Arpasova clenched her tripod in the gusting winds early Wednesday and was rewarded with the sight of 100 meteors charging across her sky in Swindon, England.

She felt “sheer excitement with every single one of them.”

Arpasova shot 420 back-to-back images of the Quadrantid meteor shower between 3 and 7 a.m. armed with a Canon 5DMKII, tripod, remote release and a fisheye lens to cover as much of the sky as possible.


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