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My Astrophotography
Image Collection

Below is my collection of astro-images that I have made over the last few years, using a variety of cameras and telescopes

The thumbnail images below are collected into subject groups, such as lunar, deep sky, galaxies etc. Click on one of the thumbnails to start a scroll-through slideshow from that point, using the arrows which appear on the larger image when you hover over, you can move forwarsds or backwards through the subject group, click the x to return to this page. All images presented below are in date order with the most recent images of my work are the last images in each set.

CLICK ON A THUMBNAIL TO BROWSE THE IMAGES BY SUBJECT

 

Lunar Images

The Moon is the closest celestial body to the earth, and is thought to have formed after another large planet sized body collided with the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, the material thrown out into earths orbit during the impact eventually came together to form the moon we are all familiar with today.
We see the moon now as it has been for the last 3.8 billion years, as unlike Earth, the Moon has no weather systems to erode the evidence of multiple impacts from space objects which formed the craters and lava basins, or 'seas' which we see today. The Moon is approximately 250,000 miles from Earth.

98% Full Moon Half MoonCrescent Moon Apennine Mountains Straight Wall

98% Full Moon
Half Moon
Young Crescent
Apennines
Straight Wall
Colour Moon

copernicus Full Moon  -1 dayEratosthenesPlato Half Moon

Copernicus
Full + 1 day
Eratosthenes
Plato
DSLR Half Moon
HDR Moon

Straight Wall & Rima Birt

 

Planet Images

Planets are large bodies which are in orbit around our star, the Sun. The Earth is the third planet out from the sun, as Mercury and Venus both orbit closer. Beyond Earth is Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the Solar System also has 'belts' of Minor Planets and Asteroids

Jupiter

Jupiter Io Transit Jupiter Ganymede Jupiter and moons

Saturn

Saturn March 06Saturn December 06Saturn April 08Saturn April 2010 Saturn Saturn with storm

Venus

Venus December 2008Venus

Mars

Mars

Uranus

Uranus

 

Comets

Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen ice, gas, rock and dust and can be up to several miles in diameter. When a comet's orbit brings it close to the Sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets. The dust and gases form a tail that stretches away from the Sun for millions of miles. Many comets are well documented, and their return to the skies can be predicted accurately, but some also appear unexpectedly and produce some fantastic displays

Comet Holmes Hartley2 Lovejoy C2013

17P-Holmes
Lovejoy C/2013 Q2

*Click for animated image



The Sun

The Sun is the powerhouse of the Solar system, and accounts for 99.9% of the total mass of the entire system, it has been in existence for approximately 4.5 billion years, and will continue to exist for at least another 5 billion years, when eventually it will expand into a red-giant star. The sun burns approximately 600 million tons of hydrogen every second, and provides Earth with about 1Kw of energy for every square meter that it shines upon, all from a distance of 93 million miles away!

With the use of specialised solar-filtered telescopes it is possible to see the activity of the surface of the Sun, below are some images I have taken using Baader Solar safety film or taken directly through a Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope (PST) using a QHY5v and QHY5LII video camera and a DSLR

Looking at the sun through a normal telescope is extremely dangerous and will result in severe eye damage and blindness, so never attempt solar observing unless you have the equipment and knowledge to do it safely!

 

Solar Surface Looping Prominence Active Region 11108 Solar psp white light prominence

16 Sept 2010
25 Sept 2010
25 Sept 2010
10 Oct 2010
Peak Star Party
7 June 2013

prominence Sunspots february AR1785UV ARha Solar FlaresSolar flare

7 June 2013
17 Feb 2013
6 July 2013
6 July 2013
14 July 2013
16 July 2013



Deep Sky Objects within the Milky-Way Galaxy

Deep sky objects are beyond the solar system, but still within our local galactic system of the Milky-Way Galaxy, these 'objects' include gravitational groupings of stars, which can be loosely associated or tightly packed into globular clusters, Nebulae, which consist of gasses and dust which have either been ejected from dying stars or coming together to form new star birth

All these astronomical 'objects' are contained within our own home galaxy, the Milky-Way.

Horse and Flame Nebula Bubble Nebula Pleiades Star ClusterCrab Nebula Dumbbell Nebula Ring Nebula

Horsehead
Bubble Nebula
M45 Pleiades
M1 Crab
M27 Dumbbell
M57 Widefield

Double cluster Messier 42 Messier 3Mars with M44Messier 13 Veil

Double Cluster
M42
M3
M44 & Mars
M13
Witches Broom

Messier 103 M42 Messier 13

M103
Orion Sword
M13 Hercules
Dumbbell
The Pleiades

M27 2012

Dumbell M42 M76 Little Dumbbell Merope Nebula Double Cluster

Cocoon Neb

M42 2013

M76
Merope Neb
M45 2013

DubCluster 2013


Own Cluster

Rosette Nebula

 


Galaxies in Deep Space

Galaxies are also classified as Deep Sky objects but are very distant from local galactic deep sky objects, and are similar to how our own galaxy would look from a great distance. Individual stars of distant galaxies cannot be seen, but the collective mass is seen as the galaxy itself. Individual stars in the images are stars seen in our own galaxy 'curtain'

Andromeda Galaxy Triangulum Galaxy Whirlpool Galaxy Messier 81 and 82 Messier 51

M31
M33
M51
M81 & M82
M33
Whirlpool

Bodes Galaxy M31 M33 NGC891

Bodes Galaxy
Leo Triplet
M31 - 2013
M33 - 2013
NGC891

 

Simply Stars

Stars come in a vast variety of types and sizes, from red super-giants, to tiny brown dwarfs, binary doubles and multiples, white, yellow, blue, orange, red, brown, neutron stars and pulsating stars, but all these varieties simply plot the stellar evolution from starbirth to star-death, some die dramatically in a supernova exposion, whilst others quietly shrink down to become cool superheavy dark cores. All stars are massive, and consist of a chemical furnace of plasma, converting one element to another through nuclear fission, releasing vast quantities of energy as they burn throughout their long lifetimes

Vega Mizar Albireo Deneb BetelgeuseSirius

Vega
Mizar/Alcor
Albireo
Deneb
Betelgeuse
Sirius



 

Other Images

Orion Star Trails Camping Trails Orion MoelfremoonliteED127

Orion Startrail
Startrails
Orion Widefield
Mount Moelfre
Moonlight
ED127

Below is a collection of other images I have taken of interesting or unusual objects in the night sky. Click the image to follow the link

Barnards LoopMilkyway

Barnards Loop
in Orion

Iridum 65 Flare
plus guests
The Milkyway
in Cygnus



I really value your comments on my astro images, if you have enjoyed looking through them, please take 2 minutes to leave me a comment (just click here)- Thankyou, and clear skies

Ade Swash