Astro Photography in East Sussex

“Using any DSLR or camera with manual controls and you can start to take some super interesting photographs of the night sky. With a long exposure, messing around with focus and ISO you can see more than your naked eye ever could. Astro photography is a fantastic hobby to get into.”


This was one of my first ever attempts at capturing stars with a dslr. Astro photography requires some knowledge of shutter, aperture and most importantly ISO speed. In addition to all these skills is a tripod or something to keep the camera steady when capturing a photo.

Some basic settings to get you started would be:

  • Aperture 2.8
  • Shutter 1/15
  • Focus Infinite
  • ISO – Experiment around with this until you find a sweet spot where your camera is still capable of producing clean images free from excess noise.

To capture these images I was using my old Canon 5Dmkii and a L lens. This is a rubbish set up when it comes to astro photography as most modern lenses are auto focus and do not have a hard infinite stop.

Nowadays I shoot Nikon with manual focus lenses that tend to come with hard infinite stops. This makes getting that focus of the night sky much easier than hunting with modern lenses.

Other photos show a basic woodland camp, a quick release prussic knot and a shot of the surroundings. Setting up a bushcraft base camp using a tarp hootchie, rab ridge raider and some good ol paracord.


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