If you're looking to capture images of the solar system, then take a look at these beautiful examples of night sky photography
'Milky Way of Durdle Door' by Darren Howe, Nikon D7000, 11-16mm, 30secs at f/2.8, ISO 1000
Astrophotography used to be a technique restricted to those who had money to burn on expensive camera equipment and high-powered telescopes. However, with advancements in camera and lens technology, amateur photographers are now free to try their hand at capturing the awe-inspiring sights of the heavens.
Astrophotography comes in many forms, including deep space, solar system, wide-field and time lapse. In this selection of images by Photocrowd photographers, we'll focus on wide-field astrophotography, those images taken with a wideangle lens that show starry skies above a landscape. This is the most common version of the genre and the one that's most accessible to everyday photographers.
Astrophotography can undoubtedly be a frustrating experience for those new to the genre. Kit, weather and exposure issues all need serious planning and consideration. But if you persist, the results will be more than worthwhile.
The warmer months will soon be upon us so now is a good time to start planning your own attempts at capturing the incredible display of the night sky. We'll present our own guide to astrophotography in late Spring but for now, take some inspiration from these beautiful images.
'Inner Space' by Neil Burnell, Nikon D810, 15mm, 20sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500
'Castell o dan y seren (Castle under the stars)' by Rob Amsbury, Pentax K-1, 15mm, 25secs at f/2.8, ISO 3200
'Galactic' by Neil Burnell, Nikon D810, 21mm, 15secs at f/11, ISO 100
'Milkyway' by Manu97418, Canon EOS 70D, 10-22mm, 30secs at f/3.5, ISO 3200
'Avebury Rings, star photography, Wiltshire, England, UK' by Joana Kruse, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 16-35mm, 10secs at f/2.8, ISO 2000
'Life is but a Dream' by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24mm, 1/500sec at f/11, ISO 250
'Midgley Bridge' by Chuck Claude, Canon EOS 5DS, 24mm, 15secs at f/1.4, ISO 3200
'Night Sky at Balanced Rock' by Mike Stuckey, Nikon D750, 20mm, 15secs at f/2.2, ISO 4000
'Lanyon Quoit at Sunset on a Misty Evening' by Paul Nash, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 20mm, 25secs at f/2.8, ISO 1600
'The Resting Beast' by Andy Draycott, Nikon D5300, 18-35mm, 20secs at f/3.5, ISO 6400
'Milky Way Over the Bay' by Tim Bow, exposure unknown
'Through the Star Arch' by Gary Sanders, exposure unknown
'Abandoned' by Kurt, Canon EOS 5D, 34mm, 1/5000sec at f/3.2, ISO 250
'Calmness of Eternity' by Q-Lieb-In, Nikon D5200, 10-17mm, 46secs at f/3.5, ISO 2500
'Inside the Archway' by Chris Pegham, Canon EOS 6D, 14mm, 15secs, ISO 6400
'New Zealand Area 51' by Jackson Munday, exposure unknown
'Panorama over Sedona' by Chuck Claude, Canon EOS 5DS, 24mm, 15secs at f/1.4, ISO 3200