Tag: Astrophotography

Photos from outer space  – Scott Kelly, the astronaut that takes pictures

Scott Joseph Kelly is a former US astronaut. Spending 520 days in outer space, he’s the most experienced NASA astronaut. Now, after 20 years of work, he left NASA. So what can you do with so much time in outer space? Working, of course, but what else? Scott Kelly tweets like a world champion! His tweets ...

The best astro-photographers

Every year the Royal Greenwich Observatory awards the best astronomical photographer of the year! More than 3,500 pictures from photographers all around the globe are submitted every year. Some days ago a first selection was published. As the name tells us, astro-photography is a method in photography with which you can show stars, fog and ...

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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: the largest camera in the world gets the go-ahead

A few days ago the US Department of Energy has approved the start of construction of the 3.2-gigapixel camera, which, once built, will be the beating heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The construction of the telescope is already under way at the El Peñón peak of the mountain Cerro Pachón, in northern ...

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Is good photo equipment even important? The pictures of Pluto prove that it it ;)

I admit that I’m just kidding with the title of this entry since I don’t want to start the old discussion of “who is responsible for the quality of the pictures, the equipment or the photographer?”. However, it’s impossible to claim that the equipment is unimportant because the photos taken of Pluto over the last ...

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Tip: Navid Baraty’s „gastro-astrophotography“

For years the professional photographer Navid Baraty has been experimenting with an unusual way of doing astrophotography. Instead of long tele lenses or telescopes, astronomical cameras featuring cooled CCD sensors, he only uses his Epson flatbed scanner, on which’s glass plate he reconstructs the cosmic motifs, using various ingredients and spices. He transforms sugar, cinnamon ...