Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017

Both The Delightful Mr F and I are big fans of astrophotography, The Delightful Mr F having done a great deal of it using his telescope. He has some wonderful shots of the moon. I am fascinated by the universe, which started with a gift of The Junior Encyclopaedia of Space, given to me on my eight birthday. I sadly no longer have it, but I was gripped by the idea of the vastness of what exists beyond our own planet and it started an obsession with science.   I do like to do some astrophotography myself and you can see my photo of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex I took last winter, down below. Living so close to London, the light pollution is terrible, but I do what I can. 

None of my attempts come anywhere near close to those on the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist though. Astrophotography takes a great deal of patience at the best of times. You need the right location, the right time of year, the right time of the night plus good weather, not to mention hours and hours of practise to understand how to shoot the night skies. I am in awe of these images, they didn't happen by accident, they reflect an enormous amount of work to understand both photography and astronomy. 

A couple of favourites from the short list are "Blue Hour" by Tommy Eliaesson and "An Icy Moonscape" by Kris Williams. Have a look at the video, and be prepared to be blown away! Do you have a favourite from the shortlist?

 
The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex 

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex