Astrophotography isn’t just for photography experts with expensive cameras anymore – all you need is a recent Google Pixel smartphone, such as the Pixel 7 Pro, some preparation, and this guide.
The night sky has long been the final frontier for casual, everyday photographers – cosmically beautiful, but essentially impossible to photograph without a pricey, specialist camera and the seemingly arcane knowledge needed to use it.
Until now, that is. Anyone with a Google Pixel Android smartphone released in the past few years, from the current Pixel 7 series going back to 2018’s Pixel 3 range, as well as a few accessories and a bit of forward planning, can capture stunning star photography. It’s a fun and engaging activity for all ages, especially on otherwise long winter nights.
These unedited shots were taken on a Pixel 7 Pro by a Vodafone volunteer in the Norfolk countryside. More experienced in recording videos than taking photos, and a newbie to astrophotography, he relied on the advice in this guide to get these results.
(You can see larger versions of each shot by right-clicking/long-pressing on each image and opening it in a new browser tab.)