TC|Daily | Netstar CTO Cliff de Wit on IoT, AI and astrophotography

Cliff de Wit

Cliff de Wit, a former Microsoft South Africa director and now chief technology at Altron’s Netstar, is passionate about many things: skills development, the internet of things, artificial intelligence … and even astrophotography.

He joins TechCentral’s Duncan McLeod in the TC|Daily studio for a wide-ranging — and fascinating — discussion on some of the latest technologies Netstar is exploring that take the company’s offerings well beyond the traditional tracking and recovery of vehicles it’s traditionally known for.

Well known in developer circles — he maintains a keen interest in software development as well as in education and skills development from his Microsoft days — De Wit chats about how Netstar is taking the vast amount of information the company collects daily, and refining it into something forward-looking, useful and actionable.

He also takes us into the world of astrophotography, and much more besides.

Don’t miss the discussion — and do subscribe to TC|Daily if you haven’t already done so (details below). The full-resolution Milky Way image taken by De Wit that he speaks about in the interview can be found here.

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The Art of Place in Space

Bruce Presents Astrophotography – Virtual Zoom Webinar 

The night sky has long held us captive with its beauty and wonders, only to disappear with the coming of the sun. But photography, beginning with the first pictures of the Moon in the 1800s, has enabled us to see into the dark reaches of space, capturing a moment that can be shared anytime. Advances in photographic technologies have given way to Astrophotography, the imaging of astronomical objects, celestial events, or areas of the night sky. Modern Astrophotography is not only dazzling to behold, but also provides important data and research support on objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, or galaxies. 


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Carina Nebula, photo by NASA’s James Webb Telescope


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The Rainbow Mountain at Paria Utah under the Milky Way – David Lane Astrophotography

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What some have come to call the Rainbow Mountain is at Old Paria, or Pahreah, which is a ghost town on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in central Kane County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1870 to 1929, and later used as a filming location. it’s on Highway 89 between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. Although a regular vehicle can make this drive rather easily do not attempt it if rain is in the forecast or if it has rained recently. The road turns into an impassible slime pit for hours.

Paria is one of the oddest places on earth. If you like geology, you are going to LOVE Paria! There are more colored layers of rock here than you can shake a stick at. Here you can see the layers of the area that were laid down in beautiful colors over millions of years. Many other places you can see bits and pieces of the rock layers, here they are all exposed in one spot to gape at.

The Outlaw Josey Wales was filmed with Clint Eastwood here in the 1970s. There was a cool old town till some dimwits burned it down about 10 years ago,

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HII rich region in Norma

This very interesting region in Norma contains many HII features as well as many other interesting objects. Below you can see an annotated version with the most clearly visible objects identified, except for the HII region in the bottom left corner. I couldn’t find out what this is called, so if anyone knows please let me know in the comments below
Somehow these objects and this fov get rarely imaged, which made it all the more interesting for me to try and get a nice image out of this.

Most eye catching are the RCW objects, which are different types of objects. Let’s have a more detailed look at each of them.

RCW 103 Supernova Remnant

RCW 103 is the brightest region of hydrogen gass in this image. It is a supernova remnant of a star that went supernova around 2000 years ago at a distance of 9000 light years from earth.
It (probably) has a very interesting neutron star in the center: This might very well be the slowest rotating pulsar we currently know of.
“The source exhibits properties of a highly magnetized neutron star, or magnetar, yet its deduced spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar ever observed.”

RCW 104 and Wolf-Rayet 75

Wolf-Rayet stars are extremely hot stars. Their surface temperatures range from 30,000 K to around 200,000 K, hotter than almost all other stars. They have broad spectra, but lack in hydrogen. They cause strong stellar winds, thus shaping their environment and feeding it with material.
In this case we can see such a star (WR 75) in the middle of the HII region known as RCW 104 which is shaping and ionizing the surrounding hydrogen gass.

RCW 106

RCW 106 is a cloud of hydrogen gass and dust. In fact, it contains so much dust that much of hydrogen gass and a lot of stars are hidden from sight in the visible light. RCW 106 contains some very massive O-type stars. These stars (probably) form in the most dense areas of the gass and dust cloud and they live only briefly. They burn through their fuel in tens of millions of years.

RCW 102

RCW102 is another interesting gass cloud that’s a mixture of ionised hydrogen gass and dust. Neighbouring RCW 102 we can find the bright planetary nebula RCW101, Menzel 3 or the ‘Ant Nebula’.

RCW 101, also known as Menzel 3 and the Ant Nebula

Menzel 3 is a young bipolar planetary nebula that is composed of a bright core and four distinct high-velocity outflows. It is expanding at a rate of 50km/s and located at around 8000 lightyears from earth.

Open star clusters

There are numerous Open Clusters like NGC6115, Ruprecht 116, Ruprecht 176, Pismis22 and many more.
Ruprecht 176

Pismis 22

NGC 6115

Planetary nebulae

Apart from the Ant nebula there are two more planetary nebulae that can be seen in this image. They are Pe1-4 and WRAY 17-74.

Acquisition details

Image taken with monochrome Nikon D600 on a APM107/700 with Riccardi reducer and modified Nikon D600 on a TS Quadruplet 480/80, mounted on Fornax 51 and guided with MGEN.

Ha 22x12min ISO400
RGB 20x12min ISO400

Location: Astrofarm Kiripotib, Namibia

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Nueva cámara QHY5III585C – Cielos Boreales

Siguiendo con la presentación de sus últimas cámaras de nueva generación QHY ha presentado el modelo QHY5III585C una cámara a color enfocada a astrofotografía planetaria y guiado con una sensibilidad al infrarrojo cercano similar a la QHY5III462C pero con mayor rango dinámico que ésta.

La QHY5III585C trae un generoso sensor de 1/1,2 pulgadas y un excelente desempeño con nulo amp-glow. Con esta cámara se incluye un filtro de corte UV/IR y un filtro IR850nm.

En estos nuevos sensores, la parte del fotodiodo del pozo de píxeles es físicamente más profunda que en los modelos anteriores. Esto permite que los fotones de longitudes de onda más largas penetren más profundamente en el sustrato lo que aumenta enormemente la sensibilidad del sensor a la luz roja e infrarroja cercana alcanzando sensibilidades similares a la de la luz visible.

Con esta cámara tendremos un alto rango dinámico (HDR) de 88 dB, aproximadamente ocho veces más que el sensor IMX485 de la generación anterior. 

Con su pixel de 2.9um de tamaño esta cámara es perfecta para astrofotografía planetaria y con un sensor de 3856*2180 píxeles nos presenta la posibilidad de realizar grandes capturas en fotografía lunar de 8.4 Megapíxeles.

Al igual que el resto de cámaras de esta segunda generación incorpora un puerto USB 3.2 de tipo C más robusto que los anteriores de tipo B.

La ampliación de memoria desde los 256MB hasta los 512MB DDR3 es otra de las mejoras de esta nueva gama de cámaras.

La QHY5III585C ya está disponible en algunas tiendas con un precio aproximado de unos 418€.

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Don Machholz – Astroniklas

Don Machholz left us on August 9th, 2022

Unfortunately, with big sadness I just found out that one of our members is no longer among us. This is what Don Machholz’s wife announced on Don’s Facebook page:

It is with profound sadness that I share with everyone that my beloved husband, Don Machholz, passed away unexpectedly and swiftly from COVID at 3:15 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. He was a very kind, gentle and loving soul, we love each other from the moon and back.

Don was a world famous comet hunter. He discovered as many as 12 comets during his lifetime and never gave up his passion. Until very recently Don would continue his comet hunting though visual observation.

Don spent more than 9,000 hours comet-hunting in a career spanning over 50 years. These comets include the periodic comets 96P/Machholz, 141P/Machholz, the non-periodic C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) that were visible with binoculars in the northern sky in 2004 and 2005, C/2010 F4 (Machholz), and C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto). In 1985, comet Machholz 1985-e, was discovered using a homemade cardboard telescope with a wide aperture, 10 inches across, that gave it a broader field of view than most commercial telescopes. Don utilized a variety of methods in his comet discoveries, in 1986 using 29×130 binoculars he discovered 96P/Machholz.

Don Machholz was one of the inventors of the Messier Marathon, which is a race to observe all the Messier objects in a single night.

Image courtesy of Swedish astrophotographer Lasse Lindh

The fascination of star gazing had already started during the very first years of my childhood. I was looking up at the night sky with my grandfather every summer night, studying constellations, the phases of the moon cycle, counting satellite passages and by using his binoculars to discover globular clusters of stars. Equipped with star maps from his home-library I was gradually discovering more and more of this fascinating world we call universe.
Even though years went by, the interest and fascination of cosmos had never left me… I found myself occupied with many other things before astronomy finally became my main hobby in recent years.

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1979 and grew for the most part of my childhood years in Greece. Later I’ve studied physics at Lund’s university and was hoping to continue with astronomy. At my free time I was an active amateur astronomer in South Sweden, Lund. At some point I was also appointed as chief of observatory for the Tycho Brahe Astronomy Society in Lund.

Circumstances in life led me to move with my family to California. Today I’m working as a sofrware developer within the aviation industry and weather systems for airports. During my off-time, I spend most of my time with my wife Melissa and our daughters.

My main hobbies are astronomy, astrophotography, game development and I was also a member of several astronomy societies in south Sweden but time was never enough to continue being an active member.

This blog is dedicated to my family (Melissa, Vanita and Lena Grace), our friends and to all of you who share the same fascination towards the beauty of this science and all the mysteries yet to be revealed by our constant discoveries!

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The Dark Skies of the Okie-Tex Star Party

We have just returned from a memorable astrophotography trip at a Bortle 1 dark sky site. The event was an annual star party hosted by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club known as the Okie-Tex Star Party.

After a few location changes during the first several years, the star party found its home at Camp Billy Joe near the small town of Kenton, OK, not far from the Oklahoma/Texas border. The name ‘Okie-Tex’ was selected to show the collaborative efforts of the two states. 

Aside from taking some amazing astrophotography images through our telescopes, the event opened our eyes to the experience of being under a truly dark sky

Arriving at the Okie-Tex Star Party 

Camp Billy Joe is a very remote location away from all city light pollution. This also means that depending on where you live, you might have to drive (or fly) a long distance to get there. 

We flew from Toronto to Dallas/Fort Worth where we boarded our connecting flight to Amarillo, Texas. From there, we rented a car and drove approximately 2.5 hours to the star party site. 

When you arrive, you can check in (if registration is open) and then set up anywhere on the field. Like most star parties, your chances of getting a better spot are higher the earlier you arrive. 

Travel Tips:

  • When traveling to the star party by car, there are significant distances between each of the small towns along the way. You’ll want to make sure you always have a lot of gas to avoid running out before the next gas station. There is no gas station in Kenton and the closest gas station to the star party is either Boise City, OK (36 miles) or Clayton, NM (43 miles).
  • It is always nice (and often easiest) to arrive at a new location in daylight. For our travel, we arranged for an early morning flight to arrive around dinner time to get settled and set up the first night. For our flight home, we made sure to book an afternoon flight to accommodate the long drive from the star party back to the Amarillo airport.

Where to Stay for the Okie-Tex Star Party

Like most star parties, camping is your easiest option for enjoying the star party. You can set up your gear outside your camper or tent and enjoy all the other activities and events on-site.

If you’d prefer a little more shelter or a bed while at Okie-Tex, they do have a limited number of bunkhouses available on a first come first serve basis. This includes a separate bunkhouse for men and women, as well as a family option. 

Aside from the above options, there are limited alternatives for sleeping arrangements outside Camp Billy Joe. There is a small bed and breakfast nearby that we heard books up early.

As a speaker at the event, they arranged for a mobile home rental for us in the small town of Kenton, OK. This meant we had to drive the short distance (3 mins) to and from the star party and park outside the gates, which closed at 9 p.m. to avoid headlights or any type of white light once it was dark out.

A view of the Okie-Tex Star Party from the rock formation nearby.

Meals and Food Options

When you are so far removed from city amenities, the logistics for running a star party are more complicated. 

In terms of food, there is catering available for those who are in a tent or staying offsite. There is a separate registration process and cost associated with this, so keep an eye out for this when completing registration. 

If you’re looking for a late-night snack, the Cosmic Cafe is also available on-site each night from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

If you are camping, please note that open flames are not allowed for cooking (to discourage smoke and fire issues) but cookstoves are okay. 

And if you’re up for a bit of a drive (approximately 45 minutes), there are also food options available in Boise City OK, and Clayton, NM. 

Events at Okie-Tex Star Party

There are a lot of activities to do at the Okie-Tex Star Party besides astronomy or astrophotography. 

There are plenty of great speakers lined up throughout the week and some additional workshops you can register for. There is also a swap meet, vendor tents, and some pretty awesome giveaways. 

If you’re up for a little adventure, there are some other sightseeing activities that you can do in the area, including hiking the Black Mesa Summit, walking along a dormant volcano, and checking out preserved dinosaur tracks

South View on top of Black Mesa Summit

Black Mesa Summit

We hiked the Black Mesa Summit which is only a short 10-15 minute drive from the star party. You can use Google Maps to get you to the parking lot and follow the trail to the top. Be sure to bring a backpack with water to keep you hydrated for the 9 mile trek and be on the look out for rattlesnakes. 

Fun fact: Cimarron County, OK, which includes the Town of Kenton and the summit, is the only county in the U.S.A to touch 4 different states (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, & Kansas). 

Summit tips:

  • You will want to make sure you leave plenty of time before dusk to complete the entire journey. It took us three hours to finish the 9-mile (14-kilometer) hike.
  • You will hike a long way (approx. 2 miles) before reaching the point of the hike where you actually start to ascend the Mesa.
  • Be sure to get your photo at the top of the summit, which is signified by a granite column. This is where you will see information about the 4 different states.
  • There is apparently a logbook at the base of the column as we later saw on social media. We did not sign it as we could have sworn the case it was in said ‘do not open’.
  • If you want the best view (and a view of the star party) but sure to follow a small path to the south. This will take you near the edge marked by two large wooden crosses. You can spot Kenton and to the left, the field of the star party. Again, be on the look for rattlesnakes that apparently like the tall grass.

Black Mesa Summit Column.

Bortle 1 Skies 

As a Bortle 1 site, the skies at Okie-Tex were incredible. We were lucky enough to have two crystal clear nights under the darkest skies I have ever seen.

Unfortunately, one of those nights was the day we arrived and we were, of course, exhausted from travel. With a half-day workshop the next day, I had to pack it in early. But the following night was also great. 

We were told by the regular attendees of the Okie-Tex Star Party that some years have been very windy, but this was not the case for our trip. The skies were calm, cool, and most importantly, dark

A 25-second exposure of the Milky Way, Ash, Okie, and Tex.

The scenic, rolling landscape at the Okie-Tex Star Party is well-suited for nightscape photography. Our host (Andy) spent much of his time at the party taking incredible nightscape images with creative compositions (including this incredible 360-degree view of the night sky).

I tried to capture as many Milky Way nightscape-style images as I could with my stationary tripod and filming camera (a stock Canon EOS R6). The following image is a single, 25-second exposure at ISO 3200 of the Milky Way from our campsite. 

A single 25-second exposure of the Milky Way from our campsite.

Deep-Sky Astrophotography Setup

Even though we flew, we were able to bring a fair amount of gear with us to take advantage of the dark skies. Because this was our first time under Bortle 1 skies, I did want to bring a little more focal length than I typically bring to a star party.

Below is the breakdown of the rig that I brought in my carry-on luggage and personal item (backpack). We did have to check one bag as our tripods did not fit in any of our carry-on bags. It also came in handy for packing some warmer clothing for at night.

Trevor (left) and Ashley’s (right) setup

My Setup:

Ashley’s Setup:

I chose to photograph the Embryo Nebula in Perseus in LRGB. Unfortunately, the clearest nights of our trip landed at times when I had to present in the morning, and I didn’t run the rig as long as I wanted to. 

My final image includes just 2.5 hours of total exposure time, using a ZWO ASI6200MM Pro camera and LRGB filters. 

The Embryo Nebula in Perseus. 

(Ashley has not yet processed her images of the Cave Nebula, but we will add those to the post when ready!)

When you are flying to a star party, you realize there are lots of other things that you typically bring to make things more comfortable, that you wouldn’t be able to given the circumstances – things like chairs, a table, a blanket, etc. Thankfully, Andy, from the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club had us covered, and brought all those things for us, including extension cords.

He even brought and set up a sky-box for us to have a little place to go during the star party, which also doubles as protection from the wind, which is common at Okie-Tex. He also kept an eye on our gear, so we could leave it set up, while we traveled to and from the town where we were staying. Thanks, Andy!

Sky Box for Astrophotography

Star Party Speakers

In 2022, I was a speaker at the Okie-Tex Star Party. They expressed interest in having me attend in 2021, but due to the pandemic and the lockdowns between the Canada and USA border, it was arranged for the following year. 

I presented on two topics: a half-day workshop on wide-field Astro imaging, and as per the request of the star party organizers, a presentation on the ZWO ASIAIR. Both talks went well and attendees seemed to be engaged in the information. 

In addition to myself, there were other presentations from folks like Jonathan Talbot and Rick Fienberg on the topics of ‘Leveraging New CMOS Technology’, ‘Pixinsight Beginner Imaging’, ‘The New Era of Professional-Amateur Collaboration in Astronomy’ and ‘The Great North American Solar Eclipses of 2023 & 2024’.

ASIAIR Presentation at Okie-Tex Star Party

Rules at Okie-Tex Star Party

As far as rules go, Okie-Tex is a pretty laid-back star party. They do have a few rules to follow, mostly pertaining to white light which is normal for a star party:

  • No white light after dark (laptops, cars, cell phones, etc.)
  • No laser pointers
  • Dim red light only and aim it at the ground
  • Anticipate your vehicle lights (opening and locking doors) and take the appropriate steps to make sure there are no issues with light
  • Park outside the gates after 9 p.m. if you are not staying overnight and park facing away from the star party 
  • Pets are allowed but they must be leashed and contained at all times. Be sure to clean up after them.

Okie-Tex Star Party Impressions

This is a very relaxed and casual star party that doesn’t impact the amazing Bortle 1 skies. People just ‘get’ the rules (i.e. no white light) so all you need to do is show up, set up, and enjoy yourself. 

The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club are great hosts. Being in such a remote location, it can be easy to feel a little uneasy, but they really do make sure you have all the comforts and necessities at the site – washrooms, showers, catering, power, etc. The star party is well organized and runs like you think a star party that has run for 30+ years would run – like a well-oiled machine. 

The Okie-Tex Star Party from above. 

There are a lot of seasoned attendees at this star party that make it a lot of fun. You can join in on the conversation, and get the scoop on their stories from the many years they have spent attending the star party and make new friends.

You’ll also want to be sure to hike to the top of the nearby rock formation adjacent to the star party to see Okie and Tex, the official flamingo mascots of the star party.

Overall, we had such a great time at the Okie-Tex star party and can definitely see ourselves returning in the future. A big thanks to the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club for the invite and for taking such good care of us!

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Sh2-216 – Andrew’s Astronomy Blog

I took my first two Ha images of Sh2-216 back in January 2017 and followed them up with some more in November. The initial results were shown here:

Due to the extreme faintness of the object I’d opted to use 1 hour exposures for a total of 10 hours. Initial processing was enough to show detail in the nebula but the background showed some processing artifacts.

Fast forward to September 2020 and some clear sky opportunities lead to my acquiring another 7 hours of Ha exposures. As some online images showed some OIII in the nebula as well I added 17 hours of OIII images (1 hour images) and to complete the set a further 12 hours of RGB images (20 minutes each).

To combine the images I created an RGB image and then used the PixInsight NBRGBCombination script to blend in the Ha and OIII.

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New Galaxy S22 Update Brings Astrophotography

The Galaxy S22 phones have some of the best cameras of 2022. While this is true, they can still be made even better. Samsung just announced that a new update will bring astrophotography and other camera features to the Galaxy S22 phones.

The Galaxy S22 phones received praise when they launched earlier this year. They retain designs similar to last year’s phones with the exception of the S22 Ultra. This phone brought a new camera design.

Android Headlines did reviews on these phones. You can check out the review for the Galaxy S22+ and the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The new Galaxy S22 camera update brings astrophotography and more features

Let’s start off with the most relevant feature here. Samsung introduced the ability for Galaxy S22 owners to take pictures of the stars using the Expert Raw application. This lets you take a picture of the night sky and clearly see the stars. This is something that was introduced with Pixel phones, and it’s been well sought after ever since.

There’s also a new multiple exposures feature in the Expert Raw app. This allows you to take multiple pictures and layer them on top of each other in different ways. Say, if you take a picture of flowers, you can overlay it over a picture of you. The app gives you different ways to overlay your pictures for all sorts of effects.

There is a new camera assistant app

You can download this application from the Galaxy store. What this app does is let you choose which features you want to enable and disable in the camera app.

This includes features like auto lens switching, auto HDR, fast shutter, etc. It gives you access to these features so that you can easily change them on the spot. The Camera Assistant can also soften your selfies to get that beauty filter look.

These are all welcome features for the Galaxy phones. Google just launched its Pixel 7 phones, and they bring a spectacular photography experience. So, this is a way for Samsung to keep up with the competition. The new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro also launched, and those phones brought some camera improvements. This should tide users over until the Galaxy S23 phones launch next year.

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4 Incredible Lenses for Astrophotography You’ll Love

OM SYSTEM users are lucky when it comes to astrophotography. They get the best cameras when it comes to creating stunning astro images in-camera. What’s more, their best lenses for astrophotography are all compact and lightweight. What’s not to like about that? They’re also going to easily survive the cold because of their weather resistant design, which also lets you know they’ll be very reliable. Indeed, these are the best lenses for Astrophotography OM SYSTEM makes.

This piece is presented in partnership with OM SYSTEM. We’ve independently and ethically reviewed all the products in this post already without sponsorship. And we worked with them to recommend a few key gems to you.

The Phoblographer’s various product round-up features are done in-house. Our philosophy is simple: you wouldn’t get a Wagyu beef steak review from a lifelong vegetarian. And you wouldn’t get photography advice from someone who doesn’t touch the product. We only recommend gear we’ve fully reviewed. If you’re wondering why your favorite product didn’t make the cut, there’s a chance it’s on another list. If we haven’t reviewed it, we won’t recommend it. This method keeps our lists packed with industry-leading knowledge. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

How to Use This Guide to Lenses for Astrophotography

Here’s some insight into how to use this guide of the best OM SYSTEM lenses for astrophotography:

  • This list of OM SYSTEM lenses for astrophotography is brought to you by OM SYSTEM. It abides by our Editorial Policies regarding these roundups. We won’t talk about a lens or product we haven’t touched. And to that end, this roundup contains OM SYSTEM lenses we’ve reviewed. Luckily, we’ve reviewed all their PRO grade lenses.
  • We shot all the product images and sample images in this roundup. So, know that we actually used them and that you can trust the experts at the Phoblographer.
  • These are Micro Four Thirds lenses. In order to get the full-frame equivalent, double the focal length.
  • Pairing these OM SYSTEM lenses with cameras that have computational photography like the OM SYSTEM OM-1 provide a ton of potential. There’s the Live ND feature, which helps you avoid stopping the lens down, and therefore prevents diffraction. Then there’s Live Composite, which does what pretty much no other camera system can for astrophotography and more. Indeed, the cameras are part of what makes these lenses for astrophotography so incredibly attractive.
  • Four Thirds is a trendy format right now. Watch a lot of Netflix shows, and you’ll see that they’re purposely letterboxing the sides to give it that look at times.
  • These OM SYSTEM lenses have different additions to the names, like IS and PRO. PRO designates their highest end lenses. IS stands for image stabilization.
  • We’ve ordered this list of OM SYSTEM lenses for astrophotography in no specific way. So keep in mind that they’re genuinely all good.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO

Pro Tip

This becomes the equivalent field of view of a 16mm lens in full-frame. That’s very, very wide. And it also means you’re going to have a lot of fun when capturing the stars at night.

In our review, we state:

“There isn’t a lot to say about the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens that these images don’t say for themselves. Olympus optics have always been known for being very sharp, rendering lots of details, and focusing quickly. And quite honestly they have so many things about them that make them perfect.”

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M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2

Pro Tip

This lens has the cool function that lets you pull the focusing ring back and manually focus the lens. Set it to infinity and let it do its thing!

In our review, we state:

The color rendering is true to life and, unless you’re very close up, there is almost no distortion. In fact, I daresay that the colors are the most life-like I’ve seen of any lens in the Micro Four Thirds system.

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M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f1.2 PRO

Pro Tip

OM SYSTEM cameras have this cool feature called “Starry Sky AF.” It lets the camera and the lens focus on, well, the stars! Try it!

In our review, we state:

“The M.Zuiko 17mm f1.2 PRO is about as easy of a lens to use as any other in this day and age. If you prefer manual focus, you can do that easily. If you prefer to just slap the lens on your camera, throw it into auto mode, and snap away on a family vacation, you can do that too. This lens has no issues that we ran into when it comes to ease of use, with the one exception being the manual focus mechanism that we noted in the build quality section.”

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M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO

Pro Tip

This is one of the widest lenses that OM SYSTEM offers to passionate photographers just like you. If you really want to capture a vast scene, we recommend reaching for this lens.

In our review, we state:

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens is stellar when it comes to image quality. Quite obviously, it’s designed for wide angle shooting, which means landscapes, architecture, interiors and, at the longer end, you can probably squeeze in a portrait or two if you don’t put the subject near the edges.

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