Astro Photos

One of the people I've been working with in Italy - Paola Battaglia - is a physicist, instrumental test engineer and also a very talented amateur astronomer. She has shown me some of her astronomical images taken from Colle dell'Agnello (in the mountains away from the lights and humidity of Milano) and they are really beautiful.

On her website (mainly in Italian) you can see some stunning images of M33, M31, the Pleiades, M42, the Milky Way not to mention the 3rd October 2005 eclipse. Many of these images were created by taking several five minute exposures (along with dark frames) using a Canon digital camera. The separate images were aligned and added together (using free software) in a computer to give a really long exposure final image. This is preferable to taking one single long exposure because it is very difficult to keep the telescope tracking the sky over such a long time. The final images are really very good and better than I might have expected from a digital camera compared to a full astronomical CCD. I'm very jealous of the results.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 07th Aug 2006 (19:16 CEST) | Permalink
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