Essential Kit: This Is A Great Setup For Astrophotography

This setup, which includes a camera, lens, and accessories, is all you need to get started with astrophotography.

There are many cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, and accessory options on the market today, and this can make things difficult. If you’re thinking about tackling astrophotography, but you aren’t sure where to start, this roundup will help. Here we will take a look at a kit that includes a camera, a lens, and three other accessories to help you start. Even if you already have a camera and need a suitable camera bag, this will help. Just need a new tripod? See which one we recommend. By the end of this roundup, you’ll know what gear to get to take on your astrophotography adventure.

Canon EOS Ra

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In our review, we said:

“The Canon EOS Ra exhibits the same great performance as the Canon EOS R when it comes to high ISO output. When you shoot astrophotography, you usually find yourself way up at 6400 or more so that you can get enough light from the stars to the sensor, and I have to say that the camera performs admirably.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
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Buy now: $2,499

Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM

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The Canon RF 15-35mm f2,8 L IS USM attached to the EOS Ra.

In our review, we said:

“Thanks to its quite versatile focal range, the Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8 L IS USM is perfect for landscapes, portraits (traditional and environmental), event photography, documentary photography, astrophotography, street photographers (who don’t mind bulky gear) and so much more. The lens is an absolute joy to use thanks to its ability to find focus quickly in any lighting situation, and thanks to the weather sealing, it can go just about anywhere with you.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
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Buy now: $2,299

Irix Light Pollution Filter

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In our review, we said:

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this light pollution filter from Irix does exactly what it is supposed to do. Once you have this screwed on to the front of your lens, any yellow color cast that is caused by sodium lamps is eliminated, and your image quality will actually improve because of this.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Oklahoma City: Image taken without the Irix light pollution filter.
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Oklahoma City. Image taken with the Irix light pollution filter.

Buy now: $73-$116

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Pro Tip: Astrophotography can be quite challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of guides and tutorials out there that can help you capture the night sky. This one will teach you about gear, settings, composition, and how to edit your images. Grab it, read it and you’ll be up and running in no time.

3 Legged Thing Ray Tripod

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In our review, we said:

“I’m a big fan, so much so that I will start carrying a tripod around with me again on my adventures. The 3 Legged Thing Ray is stylish, easy to use, lightweight, and folds down into a beautiful compact unit that is easy to carry around.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
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Buy now: $429.99 with Ball Head

Promaster Jasper Halfpack

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In our review, we said:

“Further, the Promaster Jasper Halfpack has loads of pockets. This aids a lot with the organization. As we’ve stated, this camera bag is designed mostly for an outdoor photographer. It’s for you to gather your gear, load it up, and then get to a location. Once you’re there, you’ll work out of your camera bag.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
astrophotography

Buy now: $149.95

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.