Nikon launched a new astrophotography website

Nikon launched a new website called "Step into the world of astrophotography, with a Nikon camera". Some of the discussed topics are:

  • Step into the world of astrophotography with Nikon
  • Recommended NIKKOR lenses
  • Astrophotography: a primer
  • An array of stars awaits your challenge
  • Advanced steps: with an astronomical telescope
  • Message for beginners, from an astrophotographer

In addition to the D810A, Nikon also recommends the Nikon 1 J5 and P900 cameras for astrophotography:


Press release:

Website that explains the equipment needed, and techniques used, for astrophotography to those new to astrophotography

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation has launched the "Step into the world of astrophotography with a Nikon camera" website for those new to astrophotography. The website introduces the Nikon digital cameras, optimized by astrophotography subject, and NIKKOR lenses, and also explains the peripheral equipment needed, and techniques used, for astrophotography.

"Step into the world of astrophotography with a Nikon camera" is a guide to astrophotography created for photo hobbyists interested in shooting astronomical bodies, as well as for those new to astrophotography. In addition to introducing those new to astrophotography to recommended Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses by astronomical body, the guide also introduces the peripheral equipment needed for astrophotography, including tripods, optical telescopes, and equatorial telescopes. Not only does the guide explain the optimal shooting techniques, such as fixed-mount photography and tracked-mount photography, for the intended subject or desired form of expression, it also explains shooting techniques and required accessories for each category of Nikon camera—digital SLRs, Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses, and COOLPIX compact digital cameras. It further introduces explanations using sample images of a variety of astronomical bodies.

In May, 2015, prior to the launch of this " website, Nikon released the D810A, its first camera designed exclusively for astrophotography, along with the "D810A Shooting Guide", which introduces photographic techniques for using the D810A and processing methods best applied to images of astronomical bodies captured with the D810A. Nikon will continue to convey the appeal and fun of astrophotography in various ways in the future.

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  • doge

    What a pointless chart. The rest of the new site is kinda helpful.

    • true

      I actually found the chart pretty good

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  • saywhatuwill

    But I just read that the iPhone 6 was better at everything than the D810a. Why even bother with this?

  • Eric Calabros

    “DX format is recommended for beginners”
    Enough Said. officially.

    • Andy Aungthwin

      I think they are talking about astrophotography only.

      The other day I shot the Blood-moon with a D800 and 14-24mm at ISO 6400 and it was really only “good” to average.

      Not sure what you could use on DX that would even come close to FX for astophotography.

      • S0lidSnake

        Well, the D7100 has a higher pixel pitch than the 800 does, so it’ll end up with more detailed moon and nebula shots. The 7100 is basically a crop 5Dsr in terms of resolving power.

        • Andy Aungthwin

          I’m really just talking about noise. If you want to “freeze” the stars you need less than 10 seconds of exposure, and for this ISO 6400 or higher is needed. Unless of course you have seriously fast glass.

          For wide-angle zooms I don’t think Nikon has anything faster than f2.8, so a DX body is going to have even more noise than FX.

          • S0lidSnake

            Incorrect, you only need the stars (or whatever object you’re imaging, really) to stay in the same spot for the length of the exposure which is easily achievable with an equatorial mount. In that situation, you’ll be at ~ISO 800-1600. Hence, more resolving power. Again, for nebula and moon photography on a serious level, DX is not a bad choice. FX wins for fainter objects that actually require higher ISOs.

          • S0lidSnake

            P.S. freezing stars without a tracker is dependent on focal length, not aperture size.

      • Spy Black

        I don’t know what you’re referring to, here’s the the same moon just before going to full eclipse, shot on a Nikon J4 with a 300mm f/4.5 Ai Nikkor…

        • Andy Aungthwin

          Not sure what you are referring to either but here is the same shot of the moon with a V1 and 70-300mm CX.

          • Cinekpol

            Wow… damn… that’s really bad. I thought that the crop factor with higher pixel density would actually give some half-decent photos.

            Here is my attempt with D800, 300 f/4D @ f/5.6:


          • Spy Black

            Well you mentioned not using a DX body for astro work, I don’t think it’s an issue. Most imagery is stacked anyway. I used the J4 image to show what an even smaller sensor could do (not that my image was stacked). You certainly had much nicer conditions than me. Not only was I shooting from across Manhattan, but clouds were obscuring the moon literally as I shot my frame, and it disappeared right after that exposure. That’s as close as I got to full eclipse. The FT1 limits my exposure time to 1 second also.

            • Andy Aungthwin

              Like I said, below, I’m only talking about noise at ISO 6400.

            • Spy Black

              Yeah, but even then you can still stack images. Obviously a larger sensor will be better, but I don’t think using a DX sensor will be detrimental.

            • Andy Aungthwin

              I think that in the foreseeable future with DX the problem will remain to be for wide angle lenses and larger aperture than f2.8.

              For example, there is no 14mm f2.8 nor 24mm f1.4 for DX. Not even a 28mm f1.8.

              So, whilst image quality may not be detrimental there is no way (yet) to do what can be done on a FX system.

            • Spy Black

              There’s certainly a shortage of optics, but there is the Tokina 11-16 and 11-26mm f/2.8 lenses. There is also the slower Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6.

            • Spy Black

              …and then, there’s this:

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Haha. In all seriousness though I still use DX bodies when I do my night time lapses, even though I have 3 full frame cameras. One advantage is they drain less power than FX bodies so I can shoot longer. My record was 1300 images (2 time lapses), 30 sec., ISO 6400, at 0C on my D7000 (with grip) through the whole night. My D800 with same 2 batteries can only do ~800 shots.

    • true


  • David Vandiver

    Blue Moon J4 1/1000sec. 110mm f/5.6 200ISO

  • David Vandiver

    Nikon 1 Blue Moon J4 1/1000sec. 110mm f/5.6 200ISO

    • true

      pretty good

      • David Vandiver

        thank you true 🙂

  • Nimloth

    It’s really more about getting the atmosphere right, than the camera or lenses, when it comes to this kind of moon shot. Mine were pretty much alike Spy and Andy’s, with D800 + 300/f4 and a semi-transparent cloud layer.

  • Andy Aungthwin

    Don’t give up all hope just yet. I have had more luck with the V1+ 70-300mm on a normal moon. With this one I was a bit rushed. Also, the CX is not at all great in low light.

  • Purdyd

    There is so much more to astrophotography than shooting a wide angle view of the milky way. Sure FF is nice for some wide things but there is a lot of really small stuff and a big sensor is simply a waste.
    Planets you are lucky to get a couple of hundred pixels wide with a scope and it is all about shooting lots of images to get those elusive holes through the atmosphere. Where is the 1:1 high frame rate video in the D810?
    And control of the camera and stacking images is the name of the game and there is a lot more support for Canon.
    I do notice that there is now a backyard Nikon product.
    But Nikon really needs to work with third party software companies if they want to be really accepted in the astrophotography community.


    In April, I used D5300+Tamron SP 150-600mm. I left D800 at home since I wanted x1.5 factor. This time I was thinking few options to get a higher magnification: buy a newer Nikon 1 (x2.7), teleconverter (x1.4), or P900. Could not make up my mind and ended up using the same equipments.
    Center : Oct 2015 (Alt. 500 ft.)
    Right : Apr 2015 (Alt. 8,000 ft.)
    The image is made by D5300 In-camera overlay

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