José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, photographer and educator. Driven by a passion to show and explain our universe, José Francisco’s work has taken him all over the world, even as his camera lens is aimed far beyond our atmosphere. José Francisco joined us when we took Nikon’s D810 and D810A down to southern California recently, to capture the stunning desert vistas - and night skies - of the landscapes near Death Valley. 

The D810 is Nikon's highest-resolution DSLR, and the D810A is a specialized version specifically designed for astrophotography. As well as a higher base ISO sensitivity, the D810A's sensor is modified to capture the specific wavelengths of the light transmitted by distant nebulae. Watch our video to see how José - and the D810A - performed.

Waiting for the D810 full review? We're pleased to tell you that it's being readied for publication! For now we hope you enjoy watching this field test, with José Francisco Salgado.

If you want to learn more about astrophotography make sure to visit our Astrophotography Talk forum.

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