Our Astrophotography awards and publications

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We started Astrophotography in September 2015. Back then, we were in awe every time we saw photographs of deep sky objects online taken by amateur astrophotographers all over the world. All we had at the time was a point & shoot camera and binoculars. We had no idea that one day, some of our deep sky images would be featured on magazines, websites, or even television.

We worked really hard to progress fast in this difficult hobby, spending every possible clear night in the desert and under the stars. We upgraded our equipment rather quickly to a DSLR camera and a telescope. You can see the full list of what we use in our setup HERE.

We made a post about each step we took to better ourselves and how we got to what we are today. You can read about our entire journey HERE. You can also watch our video about it HERE.

This page will compile all the awards, publications or features our photographs were chosen for. We know we only have a few at the moment but wanted a way to keep track over time!

It will be updated every time a new image is selected for a major feature.

Our ultimate goal, like most amateur astrophotographers, is to one day be featured on NASA's APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day). If you are reading this, it means that sadly, we haven't succeeded yet...

August 19, 2020

The Instagram/Magazine account Sciences et Avenir posted our image of Messier 13 on their Instagram account on August 19, 2020. This was a nice surprise as their account features some of the most beautiful and impressive sciences-related images on the platform!

August 12, 2020 | AAPOD2

On August 12, 2020, our image of the Pelican Nebula was featured on the website AAPOD2! Thank you once again for choosing our image!

July 11, 2020 | Flickr's Explore page - C/2020 NEOWISE F3

On July 11, 2020, our time-lapse video of the comet C/2020 NEOWISE F3 was featured on Flickr's Explore page! I woke up at 2:30AM and hiked a small mountain with my tripod, camera and lens to capture this time-lapse over one hour and a half.

July 6, 2020 | AAPOD 2

On July 6th, 2020, our image of the Sadr Region and Butterfly Nebula was chosen to be featured on the AAPOD2 website! The photo looks fantastic on their page and we were very grateful to learn that it was picked for their Astronomy Image of the Day!

JUNE 14, 2020 | NASA'S Sky Facebook Page

We spent more than 40 hours imaging the Sadr Region for several weeks in May and June of 2020.

We submitted the image to APOD and NASA decided to feature it on their "Sky" Facebook page. Sadly, they featured our first attempt at processing this image, which we actually dislike.

We spent a couple of days reprocessing the data and came up with a much better result!

Check it out on our Sadr Region post.

JUNE 4, 2020 | Flickr's Explore Page - M17

Our image of Messier 17 (the Omega Nebula) got featured on Flickr's Explore page in June of 2020! It's always nice to see one of your images on the Explore page :)

MAY 7, 2020 | Flickr's Explore Page - M26

On My 7, 2020, our image of the star cluster Messier 26 got featured on the Explore Page of Flickr. We did not really expect that as this is not an impressive image at all, but we'll take it!

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | Sciences et Avenir Instagram

Happy Valentine's Day!! 😍

Our image of the Heart Nebula was featured by a science magazine, "Sciences et Avenir" on their Instagram page to celebrate Valentine's Day 2020.

FEBRUARY 9, 2020 | NASA's Sky Facebook Page - IC 2118

We submitted our image of the Witch Head Nebula to NASA in February 2020. It did not get selected for APOD but at least got featured on their "Sky" Facebook page!

MARCH 27, 2019 | Space Junk Podcast

This is not really a publication or award, and we're not sure if it belongs on this page but we decided to add it anyway.

You may be familiar with Oceanside Photo & Telescope's Space Junk Podcast. If so, you may have noticed we recorded one of them with owner and CEO Dustin Gibson and founder of DeepAstronomy.space Tony Darnell.

This was a really fun experience and we had some good laughs! Especially when Dalia arrived without notice after being absent during the first half of the recording...

Check out our Space Junk Podcast episode HERE.

Listen to all the other podcasts HERE.

MARCH 11, 2019 | Astronomy.com

On the 11th of March, another astrophotographer who follows our work messaged us through Facebook with a screenshot of Astronomy.com 's image of the day. The photograph chosen was our image of Messier 33 - The Triangulum Galaxy! We never received an email from the website and did not visit on that day so we had no idea our own M33 got featured!

We are thankful and very happy to have been featured by a renowned astronomy website such as Astronomy.com !

FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | Amateur Astrophotography Magazine

In January, the owner of Amateur Astrophotography Magazine contacted us to ask permission to use our tutorial post about the 15 best targets to photograph during the Winter season for Amateur Astrophotographers for his magazine.

We approved, and you can now see this post on pages 34 through 39 of the 61st edition of the magazine, which you can find HERE.

It even ends with a section about our book!

The pages also feature several of our images listed below:

Messier 1: The Crab Nebula

Messier 35: Open Cluster in Perseus

Messier 37: Open Cluster in Auriga

Messier 42: The Orion Nebula

Messier 45: The Pleiades Star Cluster

Messier 95 and Messier 96 from the M96 group of galaxies

IC 434: The Horsehead Nebula

Barnard's Loop

JANUARY 2019 | All About Space Magazine Issue 87

2019 started out great, with our image of Messier 42 being selected for the 87th issue of the British All About Space Magazine! This was only 3 months after our photograph of Barnard's Loop appeared in the 84th issue.

We are very happy to have been featured twice in the same magazine!

OCTOBER 2018 | All About Space Magazine Issue 84

After spending 4 different nights imaging Barnard's Loop, struggling to get a result we liked, we got a surprise in return with its feature on the 84th issue of All About Space Magazine. We were really full of joy when we received the magazine at home and opened up page 91 with our photograph.

Also, check out Episode 8 of Galactic Hunter to see how we got this image from start to finish.

JANUARY 29, 2018 | AAPOD

At the end of January, our Facebook account got tagged on Aster Academy's page. They selected us to be AAPOD (Not the NASA one, but Aster Academy Astronomy Picture Of the Day).

The featured section is also displayed on their website.

Aster Academy Astronomy is a great ressource for amateur astrophotographers who speak Italian, as it is based in Italy and written in Italian.

JULY 19, 2017 | Outdoor Nevada - PBS

In the Summer months of 2017, PBS was filming their fantastic "Outdoor Nevada" show with a segment about the night sky. One of the people working for PBS wrote a post on the Las Vegas Astronomical Society's Facebook page, asking if anyone could voluntarily provide some photographs of deep sky objects.

We submitted our image of IC 434, the Horsehead Nebula, and it now appears in the show's episode! Both our names are also in the credits, pretty cool!

NOVEMBER 2016 | Orion Binoculars & Telescope

November of 2016 is an important month for us, as it is the month where we received an invitation from Orion Telescope & Binoculars to do a short written interview with them and have a few of our images featured on their Winter Catalog!

We were thrilled to answer their questions and submit some of our photographs taken using Orion equipment (You can see a full list of our Astrophotography equipment HERE).

A few days later, the interview was up on their website in their community tab (see it HERE), and also printed on the catalog! They were nice enough to send us a few copies so we could brag to our friends and family, as well as a signed letter by Robert Hughes, copywriter at Orion Telescope & Binoculars, thanking us for our time.

This being our very first feature, we have framed both the letter and the page from the catalog as a reminder that although we never expected to be featured anywhere when we started astrophotography, hard work and dedication does pay off!

JUNE 2016 | BBC The Sky At Night

In June 2016, we stopped by a spooky ghost town in the Nevada desert in the middle of the night, and tried to photograph the Milky Way with a cool background.

The image turned out pretty good and we sent it to BBC The Sky At Night as we saw they were looking for astronomy related images.

The photo was uploaded to their website in the June 2016 community images section!

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Clear Skies,

Antoine & Dalia Grelin

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