Recently a new camera hit the market that will set off a small revolution in astronomy and astrophotography. It is an innovative panorama camera that records a 360 degree full-sphere panorama with only one single shot. We tested the Theta S for astronomical usage and it turned out quite well.

7 ricoh theta s

The sample image above captured the atmosphere of an observing session on april 2, 2016, at a wind farm near Vienna. Just click the image to start the player. View the sphere full screen, pan around, zoom in and out, let it autorotate...

What's more, the full-sphere camera can be used to survey observing sites very efficiently. We used it to make a light pollution survey at the endpoint of the Grossmugl Star Walk installation in Austria. This and other night sky panoramas can be explored on our website, just go to:

The bottom line is, the Theta S is a wonderful new tool for imaging the night sky. Whether you want to shoot fun pictures at a star party, record an observing event or capture extended celestial scenes, the Ricoh Theta S is a great gadget. On our website we provide a more comprehensive article on how to use the Theta S for night sky photography. It is available as a PDF file for free download, the direct link is:


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    project nightflight is a Vienna based astrophotography group. We internationally promote the conservation of the starry sky as environmental resource.


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