Whenever I see Andrew McCarthy’s name pop up on my Instagram feed, I know I’ll see and read something amazing. This time, this creative astrophotographer blew my mind with a timelapse of a massive active region of the Sun. It took Andrew solid six hours of observation and shooting this incredible sight, but judging from the end result, it was more than worth it.
The International Space Station orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes. However, capturing it as it transits in front of other objects requires meticulous planning and perfect timing. Germany-based photographer Mehmet Ergün caught the ISS as it transits the Sun, and shared his absolutely stunning photo with DIYP.
Samyang has today announced their first autofocus super-wide-angle prime lens for APS-C. Specifically, for Sony APS-C E mount. It’s the Samyang AF 12mm F2E and offers a field of view equivalent to that of an 18mm lens on full-frame with a wide f/2 maximum aperture, which is fantastic for subjects like astrophotography or interiors where it’s fairly dark when you want a wide angle of view.
It contains 12 elements in 10 groups, with three extra-low dispersion and two aspherical elements to minimise chromatic aberration and distortion, and increase sharpness. Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) has been applied to the elements to minimise ghosting, reflections and flare for what Samyang describes as “more contrast-rich imagery”.
Well, we knew Samyang had two new astrophotography-focused lenses on the way. One of those lenses, for full-frame Sony E mount cameras, has already been announced. That’s the Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE, which features a dedicated custom function button that allows you to zip straight to infinity focus in an instant.
The other lens, for APS-C Sony E mount, was suspected to be a shorter focal length and according to images posted to Weibo, it’s going to be the AF 12mm F2.0 E autofocus lens with a pre-order price of 3,099 Yuan (~$450). The images aren’t very big, but it looks like the 12mm won’t feature that same custom function button of the full-frame 24mm.
Sightron Japan has announced five new Player One Astronomy astrophotography cameras, expected to be released next week, named after the planets in accordance with the size of each of their sensors. The Sony-made sensors inside each camera are either 1/2.8″ for the Mars variants and 1/1.8″ for the Neptune models and each is designed for a specific set of sky-gazing tasks.
Each of the five cameras is equipped with a mechanism that can tilt the sensor to reduce Newton ring issues that occur when photographing the sun and each features 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM to offer stable data flow transfer. A 1/4-20″ socket in the bottom allows you to mount it to any standard tripod or tracker with a 1/4-20″ screw.
Samyang has officially announced the new Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE lens for Sony E mount full-frame mirrorless. It’s the latest addition to their “Tiny Series” lens lineup and as the name suggests, it offers a 24mm field of view with a wide f/1.8 aperture. It weights only 230g and measures only 71mm from front to back, but this is an autofocus lens, not manual.
The lens features a new “Custom Mode” with an LED indicator designed for photography. The “Custom Mode” can be activated through a new Focus Hold button, which allows you to directly focus the lens straight to infinity – and you can tune it to make sure it hits that mark consistently, every time.
NASA first released Hubble image of Veil Nebula in 2015. And now, six years later, the scientists have revisited it and re-edited it to make it look even more impressive. With a new set of filters applied, the photo now shows a more realistic and more detailed view of the Veil Nebula than before, and it is truly
Samyang has posted a teaser to its Facebook page suggesting that they have a couple of new astrophotography lenses on the way. One will be for full-frame and the other for APS-C cameras. Exactly what they’ll be as far as focal length and maximum aperture is unknown, but with a teaser being posted now, we probably won’t have long to wait to find out.
I’ve seen my fair share of stellar Milky Way images over the last couple of years. But Finnish visual artist and astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has raised the bar. He created a high-resolution gigapixel class mosaic image of the Milky Way that took nearly twelve years to create. He used around 1250 hours of exposure between 2009 and 2021 to create enough data for this photo. And although it was extremely labor-intensive, it was well worth it!
If you want to do astrophotography, a star tracker is a must. Sadly, they’re far from being cheap, which is an obstacle for many of us. Thankfully, there are folks like Nico Carver of Nebula Photos who teach us how to make a DIY star tracker for only $30. In this video, he guides you all the way through making and using a simple barn door tracker: from the parts you need to the finished images you get with it.