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2022-07-25 08:08:59 By : Mr. Kidd Liang

Experts have set out the exact times and dates, where to look and how to get a great picture

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The annual Delta Aquariids meteor shower falls in line with a New Moon this year, making this week the perfect time to see shooting stars at their best and brightest, and have great chances at capturing them on camera. Image monitoring experts at Pixsy have put together everything stargazers and amateur astrophotographers need to know.

It covers when, where and how to spot the Delta Aquariids, as well as a checklist of photography tips and the best smartphones for taking starry pics.

Prime time to see the meteors from the UK is from Thursday, July 28, in line with the New Moon (which means the moon won't be visible, so the sky will be ultra dark), until Sunday, 31 July. The best time to view is between midnight and 3am, although it's estimated that they will peak between 2am and 3.30am BST on Saturday, July 30.

You'll want to find a location that's away from light pollution. On Pixsy's website, there is a map of some of the best stargazing spots in the UK and around the world, to help you find your nearest and best place. Once you're set up, lie flat on your back and look up to take in as much of the sky as possible. Look towards the Aquarius constellation (an augmented reality app like SkyView can help you find it) for your best chance of seeing the Delta Aquariids.

When heading out to a remote location at night, it’s important to stay safe and warm. Pack a flask, water, and snacks to keep you going, plus warm clothes and a blanket for when the temperature drops. Wear sturdy shoes if you’re heading off-road, figure out directions before you set off in case of signal blackouts, and always tell a family member or friend where you’re heading in case of emergency.

For capturing a meteor shower like the Delta Aquariids, the best camera settings will vary depending on the specific conditions that night; but you should start by opening the lens to the widest aperture and setting a high ISO (though not too high or the images may start to appear noisy and washed out). Use the '500 rule' to calculate your shutter speed, then you can manually adjust the aperture and ISO to improve your images.

Most smartphones on the market now have some pretty sophisticated technology that makes astrophotography using your phone easier. But if you have one of the following, you're in luck, as they're among models that stand out for their astrophotography capabilities:

Meanwhile, some of the best cameras are:

Kain Jones, CEO of Pixsy, said: "As you develop a talent for astrophotography and take particularly good shots, you could turn this hobby into a source of income. We've put together five ways to generate money from photography in an online guide. Remember that you own the copyright for the photos that you take, so make sure you protect your photos from theft and infringement by monitoring where they're used online. Brush up on image copyright laws so that you know what to do if your photos are used without your permission."