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Art & Astrophotography

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

The three classical branches of art are painting, sculpture and architecture.

Though the definition of what constitutes art is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

Art comes from life. How the Messier related to art?

What makes themselves mysterious and beautiful is invisible to our naked eyes. … 

By Optolong astrophotographers  , the art is embodied incisively and vividly.



Improved center of M42, Andrea Andreotto Maggi Astrophoto

Sharpstar Optics 76EDPH Artesky

Qhyccd 600 Mono

Filtri Optolong Astronomy Filter Narrowband nuova versione

33 Light Ha 600 sec

33 Light RED 300 sec

33 Light GREEN 300 sec

22 Light BLU 300 sec

20 light RED 60 sec

20 light GREEN 60 sec

20 light BLU 60 sec

Software APT - Astro Photography Tool Tool Tool Pixinsight Photoshop






IC1396 Elephant Trunk Complex, by José Jiménez
Equipment used :
- Telescope Long Perng ED90
- Telescope ImagineStar71
- Mount Orion Atlas EQ-G
- CCD Atik 383L +
- Canon 6D
- Guide tube EZ60
- Guiding ccd Starlight Xpress Lodestar guide
- Guiding ccd QHY5
- 25x600 Atik 383L + H-Alpha 7nn
- 25x600 Atik 383L + OIII 8,5nn
- 25x600 Atik 383L + SII 8nn
- 20x600 RGB ISO1600
Canon España Atik Cameras Optolong Astronomy Filter





The Elephant's Trunk nebula©Luca Fornaciari Astrophotography

"How nice it is to take a picture like that in just one night, my results have changed a lot with the latest tools, doing astrophotography is really a satisfaction, we keep improving with every shot, with every change to setup, even after years, and indeed, for me the road is certainly still very long (thankfully)!

Last night while I was holding a seminar to an astrophotographer in the observatory, I let my Sky-Watcher 200/800 photograph where I had quickly fixed some things I wanted to try: the EAF electronic focuser by ZWO with the Hand Controller (I won't do it more for less) and the collimation of the newton with the Hotech self-centering laser collimator (on this telescope it turned out to be quite accurate, a very light finish on the primary mirror by hand and nothing else).

And so here we are again: the Elephant's Trunk nebula, one of my absolute favorite summer subjects, photographed this time with 180 second guided shots, with ASI 294 and Optolong L-eNhance.

Be careful: I have integrated 8% of the color from my previous broadband shots into this image, to slightly recover the many nuances lost on the stars (without much success). If I have it I will in fact integrate new broadband shots to recover the nuances. That's all for now!"

----From Luca Fornaciari




The Pleiades at the Saint Barthelemy Star Party ©Luca Fornaciari Astrophotography
"Someone measured an SQM of 21.8, I didn't do it personally, but I can assure you that the sky was extraordinary, with a gigantic Andromeda galaxy on naked eye.
With the aim of partying and perhaps taking pictures, I had chosen a light setup, consisting of the reduced and flattened Sky-Watcher EVOSTAR 72ED, an ASI 294 and an L-pro Optolong filter.

The Star Party was a collection of extraordinary moments, I thank all the people who came to greet me and who spent a wonderful night with me!!
Special thanks also to Paolo Calcidese for having created such a successful event. 

Sky-Watcher EVOSTAR 72ED | ASI294 | Optolong Filter L-Pro 2''

45x300’’ guided | PixInsight, Adobe Photoshop

00.51 p.m. to 04.39 a.m. | 28/09/2019 | Lignan, Aosta - Italy






Sh2-249 & IC443  © José Jiménez
La Jonquera - Girona - Spain
Askar FRA600mm + full frame 0.7x reducer
35 x 600" x H-Alpha Optolong
32 x 600" x SII Optolong 
32 x 600" x OIII Optolong 

Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 PRO mount
Guide camera ZWO ASI 174MM
Flats, Darks y Bias
Calibrated, stacked and processed with Pixinsight, and final tweaks with Lightroom

Optolong NB filters are improved version!