Although we spend almost all our time under the stars imaging deep sky objects, we are in love with Astrophotography in its full extent.
We started the hobby with the intent of capturing all Messier objects or our own catalog. This is our primary focus, but we've imaged many NGC and IC objects, have done wide field astrophotography and have tried our hands at planetary imaging a few times. Now, we'd like to add a new type of target to our hunting list: Constellations.
Constellations are groups of stars which, if outlined in a specific manner, take the shape of animals, objects, or mythical beings.
If you'd like to learn the constellations, their history and their location in the sky, consider reading The Constellation Guidebook.
There are 88 constellations in the night sky, many of which are only visible from the Southern hemisphere. Obviously, it will take us a while to capture them all, and a lot of traveling!
Below you will find our photos of the constellations. We are using our secondary camera to capture these on the side while our telescope and our main camera are hard at work, so they might not be amazing. Our long-term goal is to have wonderful photos of all the constellations with even the faintest gas visible in each.
How Many Constellations are there?
There are five types of nebulae known. Almost all of the nebulae captured by amateur astrophotographers are found in our own Milky Way galaxy. With great equipment and skills, you can also capture some of these objects from the nearby galaxies such as the Magellanic clouds or M33.