Astronomy and astrophotography are great hobbies. I hope these images get someone interested enough to go out and look up at the night sky. For more images and information please visit my mainly astronomy related website .
Taking images of the celestial objects in the sky (astrophotography) takes a lot of time, effort and work. The other side of all that is you get to spend a lot of time looking at something many people never really look at. The beauty is just amazing. There have been times where just sitting there watching the skies do their sky type things I could describe as almost a religious experience.
I get asked a lot what types of astrophotography equipment you use for these types of images. The truth is that the only real photo equipment in use is the body of the camera. Sometimes I use a lens for the really wide angle shots but most of the time the telescope acts as the astrophotography lens. The rest of the equipment is astronomy specific such as the mount, telescope, astrophotography software, astronomy star charts and much more.
Astrophotography of the moon take the least amount of time, even for the really detailed ones. Those can take only a few hours of capture and processing time. Moon shots can be done with video or a still camera and may contain thirty seconds of video and up to fifty or more still images.
Astrophotography of deep space objects such as a faint nebula can take tens of hours of capturing. This would be followed by four or more hours of processing. All of this for a single image. I have some images where I will shoot them all night in the winter for eight hours or more, then come back the next night and do the same thing, and possibly a third or fourth night as well. A fantastic example of that is Messier object 78 where I took over eighty images of five minutes each. That is over seven hours with the shutter open which translates into approximately twelve hours in the field. It was so worth it.