This 550MP image of the Carina Nebula merges 208,000 photos shot through a consumer telescope

Sep 15, 2020

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This 550MP image of the Carina Nebula merges 208,000 photos shot through a consumer telescope

Sep 15, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I have only recently begun to discover astronomy, but it’s an even more expensive hobby than photography. So, I’m really happy to see that you can take stunning photos even through a tiny consumer telescope. And I mean, really stunning! This 550-megapixel photo shows star clusters and nebulae in great detail, and it was taken with a tiny consumer telescope that’s soon going to hit the market.

The image was taken with STELLINA, a unique combo of a telescope, a star tracker, and a camera. It was released last year, but we’re soon to expect an updated version. Creating the final photo took a total of 336 hours of exposure, 208,000 images, and 168 fields stitched together. The stitched photo was created to show off “Automatic Mosaic-ing”, a feature that will be available in a 2021 STELLINA update.

You can view the image online in full resolution and zoom in to explore it in detail. It shows the Carina Nebula, located more than 7,000 light-years from the Milky Way. You’ll also see the Running Chicken nebula, the Statue of Liberty nebula, Pearl Cluster, and more.

Now, Stellina isn’t exactly cheap. It costs €3,999 (~$4,700), so I guess this confirms that astrophotography is an expensive hobby. But hey, it’s still cheaper than some Leicas. Much cheaper, actually. So maybe someday I too will be able to take stunning astrophotos like this one.

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One response to “This 550MP image of the Carina Nebula merges 208,000 photos shot through a consumer telescope”

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    Alexandre Ayoubi

    Rip the shutter