Astrophotography - MGW Productions


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One look up at the night sky on a clear dark night and you will find a collection of celestial objects so vast and so diverse, that you will keep coming back to discover more amazing treasures!   Then... it won't be enough to just observe, you will want to photograph what you see!  Each season brings its own cast of characters that you quickly learn to recognize and then use to navigate to other interesting objects.  It's very addicting!

You don't need fancy telescopes, trackers and cameras to enjoy viewing celestial objects.  A pair of binoculars, clear/dark conditions and sky map are all you need to get started.  

Watch my 5-part VIDEO SERIES below to learn how!

How to Be A Night Sky Observer

FEATURED IMAGE - Andromeda Galaxy

Also known as M31, Andromeda is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth.  It is one of the brightest of the Messier objects and can be seen faintly with the naked night on a clear, dark night.

Astro Imaging is one of the most complex forms of photography

requiring stacked images and rigorous processing. 


"I like this image for a number of reasons. First, it was taken by a high school student who identifies herself as an astro-photographer living on the Space Coast of Florida. Second, it was a simple snapshot, made by holding an iPhone to the eyepiece of a planetarium telescope. Third, it shows a lot of interesting lunar features. Starting at Nectaris, there are a number of details that mark the concentric and radial structures of the basin. The offset of the mare surface is hinted at where a basin ring crosses the crater Fracastorius, and outer rings are indicated by hilly ridges both to the upper right and far left of Mare Nectaris. The twin rays of the Messier pair are well shown, as is the curved isosceles ray perpendicular to the twin rays. The giant trough is just visible connecting the west wall and central peaks of Petavius, and the zone of avoidance for the rays of nearby Petavius B show that the crater-forming projectile came from the north/left. The small headlight craters south of Petavius brighten that area. Finally, parts of the limb-straddling maria Smythii and Australe are at the limb ends of the image."      - CHUCK WOOD

TECHNICAL DETAILS:  "This picture was taken on April 4, 2014 at the Eastern Florida State College Planetarium and Observatory with my iPhone 5s. I took a picture with my iPhone through their 24 inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope. This telescope is the largest in Florida open to the public on a regular basis. To me, this picture looks as if someone is shooting the Moon out of a space ship window. The camera settings were: Lens: 4.1 mm, exposure: 1/30, aperture: f/2, ISO: 40."    - MAKAYLA WHEELER

East up image by Makayla Wheeler, Florida

Many thanks to the BAS members who have mentored me over the past 8 years!

"The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."

- Johannes Kepler

(17th century astronomer)

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