Astrophotography with the LG G4, or how I used a smartphone to take awesome photos of the night sky

In this guide, we'll show you how to take awesome photos of the night sky using a smartphone that supports manual camera controls. All of the photos we're about to share with you were captured using the LG G4 and its awesome 16MP main camera...
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39. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Yes Orion is visible right now To get more detail you can stack images Stacking will reveal more details and will reduce the noise I m from Indore

40. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Could not edit. When you zoom after stack it will provide u more detail what you can see with naked eye 50 stack images will reveal orion nebulae in almost detail Not completely but enough It all about settings More images are stacked more detail will come out

19. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Can these results be replicate onnum a note 5 or any other phone with a camera app that has full manual controls like camera fv5? Not everyone has a LG g4 so it would be rather interesting to see how the results compare on other phones

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

We tried on the S6 and note 5 as well as nexus 6P and my old sony Z1 using camera FV-5. None was able to go higher than 10 second sadly its seem its limited on hardware level.

21. talon95

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Very nice. My S6 could hardly capture star light in the dead of night in the middle of Montana with 0 light pollution (pitch black). The wider range of manual controls on the LG are really nice.

36. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

S6's (and other Galaxy flagships) need total manual controls like G4 instead only of a simple "pro mode" to compare shots in those scenarios. But seems like it's not Samsung policy so far, maybe it's related to past critics and that oversimplification of Galaxys now.

22. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Nice. There is even little bit of glow from M42. Shame that my phone doesen't allow set exposure longer than 2 seconds. Incredible stupidity. Always need to use DSLR. :/

34. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Very nice pictures, but disappointing (just to me). From the headline, I thought they were going to be pics through the eyepiece of a telescope. Not that the headline was misleading, but I'd love to see some shots of Jupiter/Saturn or the Orion Nebula taken with a smartphone. I've only ever succeeded capturing a pic of the moon with my phone at the eyepiece.

37. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Same, i wasn't expecting only night skies by entering this article. They could make a real article with accessories for phones to actually do astrophotography, would be more interesting than many others published.

41. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

There are no other accessories other then smartphone adapter for telescope

44. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Wide angle lens.

51. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Actually there are, i have a telescope for phones, zoom 50x...

42. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I have taken pic Jupiter, Venus, Saturn with my smartphone But DSO are not possible with smart phone because it requires long exposure plud ability to take more H-ã I think you can do DSO with LG G4 But I havnt tried it yet Because for nebuales/dso most preferred are CCD monochromes or dslr Note - It also depends on what aperture your Telescope has

49. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've got a 4 inch f/6.5 APO refractor and an 11 inch f/10 SCT. For good astrophotography, you're not going to take a pic with a smartphone. Take a video and stack the frames with registrax.

50. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

you can but with long exposure and yes for the video as well but in videos some smartphone take less light then photos, so with some are not good with videos, and phone with like lg g4 use long exposure then stack it.

38. Shocky unregistered

You can just download the manual camera app and do this with most high end devices.

45. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Most have hardware limits. Even some dedicated point and shoots have limits of 10-15 seconds.

43. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Awesome G4 :)

46. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

can LG G4 beat achieve that also?

47. cubitan

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2015

I know the power og stacking photos with PC programs but i would like to try to do it directly on smartphone. Does anyone know a good app to do stacking with android smartphones? thank you

48. goodmorrow

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I loved my G4, until one day it just died on me. T-Mobile sent me a replacement, but it had all kinds of software issues. They claimed it was the battery, so I paid next day to get a new battery and guess what it wasn't the battery. They sent me a 2nd replacement and it still had problems. I decided to just JUMP out of the G4 after that. The camera is the best I've used as far as mobile phones go.

52. AstroDev

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2016

After reading this article a few months ago, I started to think of an app to make astrophotography with Android devices easier. I launched the lite version a couple of days ago, it would be awesome if some of you could give it a try: search for Astrophotography Camera Lite (I don't know if I can post link). Thanks for the inspiration Nick!
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