Astronomical Photography

Deep Sky Object Astro Photography

With the term Deep Sky Objects (DSO) we indicate all objects such as Stars, Comets, Planets and Asteroids that are not part of our solar system.

Among the deep sky objects, we find Nebulae which can be of various types (Emission, Reflection, Dark and Planetary), Open or Globular Star Clusters and finally all Extragalactic objects such as Galaxies

Many of these objects have already been observed and cataloged in the past even if one of the most famous catalogs is the Messier Catalog, published by Charles Messier in 1774. The original title is “Catalog des Nébuleuses et des Amas d’Étoiles” (Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters)

A more detailed description of Messier’s research and the entire catalog is available on my notes page

Nightscape or Panoramic Astro Photography

How nice is it to be lying on a green lawn at night, better in the summer when the breeze gives you a bit of refreshment, and keep your eyes wide open looking at the sky?

Or even more, watching the shooting stars or more simply seeing the celestial sphere move as a consequence of the rotation of the Earth.

Or even imagining new asterisms by connecting stars or unlikely objects in the sky?

Nightscape photography is the type of photography that includes many objects such as the moon, stars and entire constellations or even more the entire Milky Way, our Galaxy.

Planetary Astro Photography

For Planetary Astrophotography, we mean, as easily understood from the name, the photography of the Planets, including the Moon. Some Astro Photographers include the Sun in this type of photography, because they consider it as a part (the most important one) of our solar system, but I prefer to dedicate a separate section.

Planetary photography is very fascinating, being able to see our neighbors who, like the Earth, share our Sun, is always a great emotion.

It is difficult to grasp the smallest nuances of some of them because they are very small, such as Mercury, or very distant such as Uranus.

But being able to see Saturn’s rings, also known as Kronos, the Greek God of Time, or the great red spot of Jupiter, the God of the Gods, the gas giant planet in our solar system and its Moons, is always a strong emotion.

Even the Moon, our natural satellite, so close that it seems that you can touch it, often forgotten because it is present for many days a month in its various phases, is a fascinating vision. Observing the Moon with a telescope always gives me the same emotion, despite being one of the objects that I have observed many times, and continue to observe, since the first time I put my nose up.

Astro Photography of the Sun

The Sun, our star, source of life and thanks to which our existence is possible.

The Sun has a very special charm. Before pointing any instruments like telescope, binoculars or even directly your eyes, it’s very important (Really VERY Important !!!) to take necessary precautions to protect your eyes and devices. At first glance, it looks like just a fiery ball of enormous intensity. Going deeper and observing it better, it has its own life and a 11 years cycle of activity, which is continuously monitored by scientists from all over the world.

Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating things about our star are what are called “Sun Spots” or solar surface regions, the Photosphere, which undergoes the action of a strong magnetic field and a lower temperature (About 4000K instead of about 6000K) . These “Spots” are visible because they appear darker than the rest of the Sun’s surface and are easy to photograph.

Equally interesting and spectacular are the flares or solar eruptions and the prominences in particular on the outer circumference, what for us is the profile of the Sun