Astronomy Images.

I’m a keen amateur astronomer, I have a 127mm aperture 1500mm focal length Maksutov Cassegrain telescope on an EQ3 mount with dual axis tracking. Last year I upgraded my camera from a Samsung instamatic digital camera to a Nikon 3200 DSLR. I also purchased a few extras that would enable me to take prime focus images, something I was told I would be able to do with my type of ‘scope. I have the potential to capture some amazing images of the night sky, sadly I’m somewhat lacking in both skill and knowledge. One thing I don’t lack however is persistence, I am certain that if I keep at it I will get the images that I can be proud of.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased with the images I have taken, but I know that I can do better. So here are a few of my images, and one rather spectacular image that isn’t mine, I’ve included it to illustrate what I hope to be able to do after lots of practice.

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The moon
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Jupiter, The Great Red Spot is visible
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The Coat Hanger asterism
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The Teapot asterism
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Messier 31, The Andromeda Galaxy
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The bright streak is the International Space Station
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M31 with a meteor
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Close up of the moon
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The Pleiades cluster
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M31 comprised of 20 x 1 minute exposures, image courtesy of Ewan Vellacot.

Messier 31, The Andromeda Galaxy is the most distant object that can be seen with the naked eye. It’s 2.5 million light years away. It is about twice the size of the Milky Way, our home galaxy, and contains around 1 trillion stars.

I hope that it won’t be too long before I have some stunning images of my own to share with you,