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Right now Mars is closer and brighter than it’s been since 2003. It’s so bright it’s casting a reflection on the ocean as it rises. Took this two nights ago in Rhode Island [1334x2000] [OC]

Right now Mars is closer and brighter than it’s been since 2003. It’s so bright it’s casting a reflection on the ocean as it rises. Took this two nights ago in Rhode Island [1334x2000] [OC]

I’m an astrophotographer and there’s plenty more on my instagram right here 🌌🌌

if you’re wondering why it’s unusually bright, it’s because Mars is nearly at opposition right now. It wont be this close again til 2035. learn more here https://www.space.com/40588-mars-at-opposition.html

Exif is:

Sony A7Riii, Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8, ISO 3200, 20 sec

Reminds of that Harry Potter quote by the centaur. "Mars is bright tonight"

You just have to keep your eyes open for 20 seconds without blinking.

This is also a 20 second exposure so it doesn't look this brilliant on its own.

Enceladus [3237x3812]

Enceladus [3237x3812]

Enceladus is an ice moon, so the craters huddle together for warmth.

It's crazy thinking that Cassini has passed only 25 km (15.5 miles) away from it

Imagine what the view would be from the surface. Huge towering walls of deep blue ice, higher than Mount Everest.

And above that, the rings of Saturn.

Send me, I'll go.

most beautiful moon in the solar system (in my opinion)

Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, propelled into space on a Titan/Centaur rocket. [2012 x 2994]

Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, propelled into space on a Titan/Centaur rocket. [2012 x 2994]

Minor (pedantic) nit-pick. It didn't launch from the space center, it launched from the Air Force station that's slightly south of the center.

Upvoted because technically correct. The best kind of correct.

The wierdest part to me is that it launched before Voyager 1

The Milky Way over a foggy lake in the Adirondacks [OC] [3646x5126]

The Milky Way over a foggy lake in the Adirondacks [OC] [3646x5126]

Incredible photo

Nikon D750 with Nikon 20mm @ f/2, 15 seconds, ISO 3200. In addition to the flashlight, my friend is holding a headlamp in his lap that is facing forward, and I set off a flash during the capture to illuminate the dock and his back.

cue Pink Floyd

It was taken near Speculator, NY.

I made a 4k wallpaper consisting of my favorite astronomy images over the years [OC] [3840x2160]

I made a 4k wallpaper consisting of my favorite astronomy images over the years [OC] [3840x2160]
This is my first time ever creating something like this.... it took a very long time (over an hour). I was pretty pleased with the result in the end. Originally I had white lines separating the images, but that seemed pretty glaring. If I were to do it again, I probably would have cut the line size in half as well and possibly made the image slices slightly larger. 

If you're curious about what the actual images are, from left to right:


Eastern Veil Nebula
Pelican Nebula
Messier 78
Fireworks Galaxy
Moon 
Andromeda
NGC 1333
Markarian's Chain
Horsehead Nebula
Milky Way


Thanks for looking!

If you feel like looking at some of my other images or seeing full versions of the images from above, you can see all of them on my Instagram.

EDIT: Oof, I can't believe I missed that slight sliver... Like I said, first time! If it bothers you, here is a fixed version. Also for anyone who wants a mobile version of the above here you go. 

EDIT 2: Links to high res images for each one have been added. If you want any details on the images themselves though, feel free to ask

This is my first time ever creating something like this.... it took a very long time (over an hour). I was pretty pleased with the result in the end. Originally I had white lines separating the images, but that seemed pretty glaring. If I were to do it again, I probably would have cut the line size in half as well and possibly made the image slices slightly larger.

If you're curious about what the actual images are, from left to right:

Pelican Nebula

Messier 78

Fireworks Galaxy

Moon

Andromeda

NGC 1333

Markarian's Chain

Horsehead Nebula

Milky Way

Thanks for looking!

If you feel like looking at some of my other images or seeing full versions of the images from above, you can see all of them on my Instagram.

EDIT: Oof, I can't believe I missed that slight sliver... Like I said, first time! If it bothers you, here is a fixed version. Also for anyone who wants a mobile version of the above here you go.

EDIT 2: Links to high res images for each one have been added. If you want any details on the images themselves though, feel free to ask

I debated about leaving them or not, in the end though I thought they added a nice contrast. Here you go though! :)

I debated about leaving them or not, in the end though I thought they added a nice contrast. :)

Awesome! Though any chance of a version where the moon scales up so you can't see the edges? Only thing stopping me from setting it as my wallpaper.

Very nice! Have just set it as my wallpaper too, thanks man.

Solar Eclipse in HDR [1080x717]

Solar Eclipse in HDR [1080x717]

Source: https://hdr-astrophotography.com

Image Credit & Copyright: Nicolas Lefaudeux

Explanation: How great was the Great American Eclipse? The featured HDR image shows it to be perhaps greater than we knew. On August 21 of last year, the Moon blocked the Sun for a few minutes along a narrow path across the USA. Although one of the most photographed events in human history, this image -- only recently completed after an extraordinary amount of digital processing -- shows one of the most detailed depictions of a solar corona ever taken. Composed of extremely hot gas, the solar corona is only visible to the unaided eye during a total solar eclipse. The featured image combined over 70 images of different time exposures. The series of complementary HDR images recovered enough detail to see motion of the solar corona. The images were taken in Unity, Oregon in the morning to get steady atmospheric seeing conditions. The next total solar eclipse visible on Earth will be in 2019 July, while the next one visible across North America and the USA will occur in 2024 April.

nasa.gov

The Milky Way with some friends in Colorado [OC] [2595x3000]

The Milky Way with some friends in Colorado [OC] [2595x3000]

This was taken one night while doing some geology work in Colorado. Some friends had never seen the Milky Way before, so I knew I had to let them in on one of life's greatest pleasures. Looking at the Milky Way for the first time was one of the most surreal experiences I've ever had.

Equipment and acquisition:

Canon T3

Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 @ f3.5

iOptron SkyTracker Pro with Manfrotto tripod

Acquisition

Taken in a Bortle 3 location

15x60" shots

Processing

Color correction

noise reduction

Masked Stretch

reduce stars

I was really surprised with how much Ha data I captured with just a T3 and a pretty cheap lens. The lens and camera body together only cost me around $300. Low light pollution really is a blessing along with over 9000' elevation. If you feel like looking at some of my other images or following me on social media, here is a shameless plug to my instagram

One nice thing about Colorado is that it's easy to put some mountains between you and major sources of light pollution.

Check out darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html

Look for a place that is blue or better I think would be best in terms of distance away and view benefits

Just curious where and / or how far from, say, Denver, I could go to see something like this?

The Lightning Tree, Canterbury, New Zealand [OC] [3600x3580]

The Lightning Tree, Canterbury, New Zealand [OC] [3600x3580]

Yes, this is definitely a composite - I'm not going to hide that - All shot on a Sony a7ii with Sony 55mm f/1.8 lens. Foreground is 3 horizontal images each shot at 55mm, 1/3s, f/4.0, ISO800 - sky is 6 mosaic images shot at 55mm, 40s, f/4.0, ISO1600 (tracked using an iOptron Skyguider Pro)

Merged in PS6 and processed in Capture One 10. Happy to answer any questions folk have.

Multiple photos of the same thing, yielding dimmer pictures, merged together for a unified, brighter and clearer picture.

Where abouts is this mate? We're in queenstown at the mo but heading up north soonish. I wanna do here!

What is a composite?

Did you point the camera and click the button?, or did you do some photoshop on it?

Try one of these subthreads