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Basic equipment, majestic skies

To become an astrophotographer all you need is a 35mm camera, an inexpensive tripod, and a cable release.
I must have looked like a slapstick comedian during my first attempts at astrophotography as I fumbled with my camera and tripod. One of my first photos was an accidental shot of my right shoe. It was out of focus. Later, I either forgot to put film in the camera or take the lens cap off. I neglected to turn the shutter wheel to the "B" setting, and as a result I took an exposure of 11/4 second instead of 30 minutes. Darkness was disorienting: I tripped over the tripod during a time exposure and...

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