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A classic example of Earthshine
MOON: The Moon is well known to be Earth's only natural satellite and one of the largest satellites in the Solar System. It is located at a median distance of 384,403 km away from the Earth. The Moon's orbital period is almost a month, 27.3 days, making a complete orbit around our planet in this time.

Phases (173), Craters (89), Maria (34), Mountains (30), Eclipses (10), More (97)

Saturn for you
PLANETS: The conception of planets has evolved, from the former divine stars of antiquity that wander the skies to the telluric or gaseous objects of the scientific age. The idea has recently expanded to include worlds outside the Solar System. According to current knowledge the Solar System is considered to have eight planets. Nevertheless, minor planets like asteroids, may be included in this web category.

Mercury (7), Venus (17), Mars (36), Jupiter (194), Saturn (64), Comets (88), More (47)

Image of the Lagoon Nebula
DEEP SKY: A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen gas and plasma usually red or blue depending on its nature: emission or reflexion type. Star clusters are groups of stars. There are two classes of star clusters: open clusters are loosely clustered group of stars, containing a few hundred members and globular clusters that are tight sets of hundreds of thousands of old stars which are gravitationally bound. A galaxy is a massive, gravitationally interacting system that is made of billions of stars, an interstellar nebulas of gas and dust, and dark matter.

Messier (327), NGC (166), IC (20), More (86)

Sun H Alpha raw unprocessed
SUN: The Sun is a yellow dwarf star. The Earth orbits the Sun at a distance of 150 million kilometers, that is 8 light minutes. The Sun orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy at a distance of 25,000 light years. The Sun was formed about 4.5 billion years ago when the collapse of a hydrogen molecular cloud led to the formation of the star. Nuclear fusion reactions in Sun's core fuse hydrogen into helium. Eventually the Sun will throw off its outer layers and will form a planetary nebula.

Sunspots (47), Flares (16), Transits (10), Sunsets (9), Eclipses (9), More (32)

Pre-dawn Saturn
WIDEFIELD: Wide-field astrophotography has never been so evident, thanks to the advent of large-format solid state detectors like DSLR new cameras in the amateur level. The major new deep photographic surveys of the sky like DSS2 are nearing completion. Astronomical surveys generally involve imaging or mapping of regions of the sky using Telescopes. Capture constellations is now easy using high sensitivity DSLR devices. This technique is also very useful to get an idea of where to find some deep-sky objects in a certain area.

Constellations (66), Trailings (27), Landmarks (85), More (39)

All ready to star
MISCELLANEOUS: The amateur astrophotography equipment may be tiny and cheap or expensive and heavy. From a pocket digital camera to a Schmidt Observatory there are a lot of options to choose from. Quality of the optical elements is important. Mechanical precision is necessary to get a fine tracking. State of the art software is required to get the most of a picture.

Equipment (205), Observatories (43), More (31)

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