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Huawei Mate 8 Smartphone Astrophotography Challenge

Huawei Mate 8 AP Challenge

Tanja and I are going to try to use a smartphone for astrophotography. Here we go.

We’ve been challenged by Huawei to use their new Mate 8 smartphone to create some epic astrophotography.

A smartphone camera.

Seriously…we’re as doubtful as you, but we’ve accepted the challenge.

Now, we’ve all got humble beginnings. I know the first (technically…) astrophoto I’ve ever taken was me holding my smartphone camera up to the eyepiece my telescope to take a quick (and pretty horrible) snap of the moon at close range.

But, Huawei thinks we can do more with the Mate 8

Supposedly, their new Mate 8 phone has an amazing camera with excellent low light capability. I’ve heard that before…will it match up? And, more importantly, what kind of actual software wrangling will it take for Tanja and I to get the Mate 8 to actually create a passable astrophotography image with its mobile phone camera?

We can shoot the Milky Way, they said.

We can shoot star trails, they said. (seriously?!)

We can create light painting images, they said.

So we’re going to try.

In 2016, we’ve started something we call #EveryNewMoon

#EveryNewMoon is an idea we had after a miserable year of weather in 2015 for astrophotography. For 2016, we pledge to make full use of every new moon in 2016 to take astrophotos, no matter what, even if we have to travel — and we have some epic plans.

We’re going to take the Huawei Mate 8 on our next #EveryNewMoon adventures and see what it can do!

Follow Tanja and me on all of our social profiles and PhotographingSpace.com to follow our astrophotography adventure with the Huawei Mate 8!

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About the author

Cory Schmitz

Co-founder of PhotographingSpace.com, co-owner of several telescopes and mounts, too many cameras, and not enough hard drives, Cory is an American expat living in South Africa with his wife, Tanja Schmitz.

An avid astrophotographer for timelapse, deep-space imaging, lunar, planetary, and star trail imagery, he is an all-around jack-of-most-trades for night-sky photography.

He is also an internationally published and commissioned astrophotographer, where his photos have been used in multiple online and print publications.

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