Astrophotography Flats And Darks — The Ultimate Guide

Understanding Calibration Frames

First, we must understand, what a calibration frame is and how they work. A calibration frame is certain pictures that you will take in a certain way in the given condition. These photo's sole purpose is to improve the quality of your light frames.

  • Background Noise
  • Dust Particles
  • Anything else affecting image quality

Flat and Dark Frames

We will discuss three of the 4 calibration frames in this post right here. Flats, darks, and also dark flats. Each of these calibration frames has their owned specific job that they do, they are all important to the final product.

Dark Frames

Flat Frames

Dark Flat Frames

Dark flat frames are simple, dark frames that need to match the exposure time and temperature of your flat frames.

How much To Take

You will want to capture as many pictures as possible, the more the better. There may be a couple that gets taken that don’t turn out or are not quality images.

Conclusion

If you want great quality astrophotography photos, you will want to take your time with flats and darks. You will be spending a good amount of time doing this, and you will eventually get the hang of it.

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Clay Carpenter

I love writing about a whole range of things. I write about what I think is interesting or helpful. I haven’t been writing for long, but I really enjoy writing