While NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope showed us some previously unknown details of the Southern Ring Nebula, Hubble is still alive and kicking, and the photos it takes are still magnificent. Paired with great processing, they truly show the beauty and marvel of the universe, and NASA’s recent Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Southern Ring Nebula in captivating colors.
Most amateur Astrophotography images have a total integration time of between one and four hours. This is the total time that the shutter is open (even if with several images stacked). We decided to spend 81 hours on this picture which is our personal record.
We shot NGC 2264, a spectacular piece of space tat is mostly occupied by the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster and a few others). Going from a four-hour “exposure” to an 81 hours exposure is not a giant leap, but a series of steps. This is how we got here.
Astrophotography is one of those photographic subjects that can get very expensive, very quickly, especially if you’re planning to look into deep space! So it’s no surprise that many beginners will start off with cheaper equipment. And many of them stick with it for far too long, even if they really enjoy it, simply because they don’t know how much better they’re going to get by throwing more money at it.
In this video, Nico at Nebula Photos walks us through some of the real-world differences between three telescopes at very different price points. All three telescopes are 80mm refractors, but at $130, $600 and $1,750, their quality and benefits are very different from one another, as Nico’s demonstrations show. He puts them through a battery of photographic tests to find the pitfalls and advantages of each.
NASA first released Hubble image of Veil Nebula in 2015. And now, six years later, the scientists have revisited it and re-edited it to make it look even more impressive. With a new set of filters applied, the photo now shows a more realistic and more detailed view of the Veil Nebula than before, and it is truly
If you want to do astrophotography, a star tracker is a must. Sadly, they’re far from being cheap, which is an obstacle for many of us. Thankfully, there are folks like Nico Carver of Nebula Photos who teach us how to make a DIY star tracker for only $30. In this video, he guides you all the way through making and using a simple barn door tracker: from the parts you need to the finished images you get with it.