Astro Photography

Astro imaging is no longer a reserved territory for large scale telescopes. With modern software tools good results can be accomplished with way smaller equipment and without traveling to distant places. The photographs shown hiere were taken from my home with a corrected refractor telescope and an equitorial mount (further information may be found in the section astro photography). The shots were taken with either the regular Nikon D750 or a cooled astro camera (ZWO ASI2600MC Pro).

Andromeda (M31)

The andromeda galaxy is about 2.5 million lightyears away and yet the nearest spiral galaxy in the universe. Like to orion nebula it can be observed with naked eyes under good conditions or binoculars.

Triangulum Galaxy (M33)

The Triangulum Galaxy is just a bit further away compared to the Andromeda Galaxy but much smaller and not to observed with the naked eye. This picture is also only a crop of the original image.

Milkyway with Sadr

The star Sadr (Gammy Cygni) is one of the 100 most brightest stars in the night sky and easy to find. This area is dominated by the stars in the milkyway yet reveals the Crescent Nebula (NGC6888) on the left and the open star cluster M29 top right.

Pelican Nebula (IC5070)

I did not expect to create a picture of the Pelican Nebula from my home, but this one proved me wrong.

The Soul Nebula (IC1848)

This exposure of the Soul Nebula, seems to be a face staring down at us with it's blue eye. Other images with different rotation or longer exposures reduce this effect significantly.

The Pacman Nebula (NGC281)

The emission nebula NGC281 within constellation Cassiopeija has some similarities with a well known computer game character.

Pleiades (M45)

The open star cluster Plejades is a welcome object for visual astronomy. But only a longer exposure may reveal the faint blue shine from the surrounded reflection nebulae.

The Orion Nebula (M42)

The Orion Nebula is visible with the naked eye under good conditions and a nice target for binoculars. Its detailed and colorful structure can only be revealed through a telescope.

Within the Orion Nebula (M42)

This image is nearly a 1:1 crop from the previous one and reveals even finer details of this region.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

A quick image of the well known Whirlpool Galaxy in a distance of 25 million lightyears. For this kind of objects some more focal length would be beneficial.

Bubble Nebula (NGC7635) and M52

A nice mixture of some different deep sky objects, like the Bubble Nebula NGC7635. an emissionnebula, the open star cluster M52.

Heart Nebula (NGC896)

A part of the Heart Nebula NGC896 in constellation Cassiopeia.

The Veil Nebula

A small section of the Veil Nebula in constellation Cygnus.