It’s amazing to think that the iPhone has only been around for 10 years already, considering just how much it has transformed each and every single one of our lives.

In fact, even those that do not have an iPhone and are instead running Android devices have had their lives tremendously influenced by the iPhone, the app culture created by Apple, and all of the technology and design elements that companies around the world have copied straight from Cupertino!

The iPhone today, however, has one of the most impressive smartphone cameras ever produced. The light sensor technology built right in is on par with that of DSLR cameras, the capabilities of the lens are nothing short of remarkable considering its size, and the amount of editing features available make the iPhone a full-blown photo machine – so long as you know how to make the most of the technology within.

If you’re going to be using your iPhone to take photos of the night sky, you’ll want to make sure that you utilize all of the tips and tricks we include below. This is the kind of inside information that can make all the difference between forgettable nighttime photos and something really special.

Breakout your telescope and use it to snap celestial photos at night

While you’ll be able to snap great photos just shooting the night sky with nothing more than your iPhone, you will be able to take some really special photos when you combine your iPhone with your telescope!

Grab a cheap iPhone lens adapter for your telescope lens (or position the lens over the eyepiece and then dial in the focus level from there) and you’ll be able to shoot high-definition photos of Saturn’s rings, the moons around Jupiter, craters on the moon, and so much more.

#1. Turn off your flash

The very first thing you are going to want to do when it’s time to improve your nighttime photos of the sky with your iPhone is shut off your flash and stop it from firing.

Quickly turn off the iPhone flashlight

The flash will definitely come in handy when you’re looking to take indoor pictures in low light situations, but when you use the flash on your camera at night it’s only going to wash things out and make the night sky look cloudier than it actually is.

#2. Clean your iPhone lens with alcohol

Regardless of whether or not you keep your iPhone in a case to protect the phone and your lens, the odds are pretty good that it’s going to pick up quite a bit of gunk and grime just from living in your pocket or your purse.

If you are going to be taking photos of the night sky (or want to make sure that the photos you shoot come out in stunning clarity no matter what) you are always going to want to quickly clean the lens of your iPhone camera with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a lint free rag or T-shirt.

Clean inside your iPhone camera lens

This won’t without any scratches that may have accumulated on the lens that degrade picture quality, but it’s going to remove a lot of the “fog” that can be caused by gunk and grime for sure. It’ll make your pictures look better instantly.

#3. Take advantage of advanced editing software to clean up your images in post processing

Finally, no matter how nice the picture you’ve taken with your iPhone of the nighttime sky comes out in “raw” format, you are still going to want to run it through advanced editing software – many of which are available free of charge – to touch up the white balance, modify colors, and increase the contrast of the photo so that you get the kind of cinematic and high-definition look you are after in the first place.

The photos (especially at night) that the iPhone is capable of capturing are nothing short of spectacular. But by using all of the inside information contained in this quick guide you will be able to make those photos even better!