While most photographers are content with photographing the wonders of the earth and nature, there are some who look beyond what the earth has to offer, like into space for example. However there is more to snapping images of space than just having a really, really long zoom lens as it basically requires the photographer to own a camera dedicated to astrophotography.

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The good news is that if astrophotography is a field of photography that you would like to get into, Nikon has recently announced the Nikon D810A DSLR camera which is specifically built and catered to photographers of this field. According to Nikon, “By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images.”

Apart from the infrared cut filter, Nikon has also added other features that might be of use to astrophotographers, such as a new Long Exposure Manual Mode that allows shutter speed selections from4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds, along with Bulb and Time settings. Nikon has also further optimized the ISO range to create the best signal to noise ratio.

Like we said this is a camera aimed at astrophotographers and if you think that you could use it for day-to-day shots, apparently this is something that Nikon is not encouraging according to Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning at Nikon who stated, “The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers.” Pricing of the Nikon D810A will be revealed at a later date but it has been pegged for a release in May 2015.

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