Matherne and McCarthy said though their work is technical, it’s not out of reach for other photo enthusiasts. All that’s required is a camera, tripod and a star tracker. Aspiring astrophotographers can take their work to the next level by purchasing a telescope, but the two said it’s best to develop basic photo skills before taking that next step.
But astrophotography isn’t as simple as point and shoot. One of the most difficult parts of the job, McCarthy said, is practicing patience.
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