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The field which combines photography with telescopes is called astrophotography. Properly equipped, an astrophotographer can take beautiful photos of celestial bodies. Even amateur telescope enthusiasts can create beautiful astrophotography using digital cameras. When taking pictures of celestial bodies, the camera shutter must remain open for a long period of time -- since celestial bodies are constantly moving, the telescope and camera must move with the body in order to create an accurrate picture. In order to accomplish this, you will need a telescope with a computerized mount -- one which can hone in on a celestial body and track it as it moves. Additionally, you will need a mounting device for a camera -- these can be easily purchased from your telescope's manufacturer.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|