How far can I go?
The lucky winners with their engraved medals alongside teacher Martin Edmonds My son recently challenged me to photograph the most distant astronomical object possible with my modest equipment – a Sky-Watcher 130PDS Newtonian on an EQ5 mount, with a Canon EOS 1100D DSLR camera. I have so far managed the galaxy IC 2745, at an estimated distance of about half a billion lightyears, which I captured in the background of a photograph I took a few of weeks ago of the Leo Triplet of galaxies. Imaging a quasar would push the distance beyond the billion lightyear mark, but I’m waiting until August and properly dark skies before I attempt that. Chris Duffy, Consett, County Durham
Chris’s snap of galaxy IC 2745 in Leo – it is almost half a billion lightyears away
Clearly you have the skills to match this great challenge, Chris! If it’s a quasar you’re after, how about 3C 273 in Virgo, at two billion lightyears? – Ed