Prize-winning astrophotography takes centre stage this issue
As images of the night sky go, they don’t get any better than those you’ll find on page 40 this month, where we present the winners of the 2018 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This year marks the contest’s 10th anniversary and there’s a special retrospective of a decade of awardwinning astro images on page 6.
There’s an undeniable beauty in all the targets pictured and our mini mag, free with this month’s issue, will help you to take great photos. Starting off with smartphones we show you how to take your first steps in snapping the night sky, moving onto taking better quality images with a DSLR camera, before introducing the specialist kit and techniques that will take your astrophotography further. Turn to the centre of the magazine to find it.
This month is a great time to start your journey – there’s so much to see! The constellation of Orion provides an anchor in the winter skies thanks to its recognisable shape. Yet within its borders are also some stunning deep-sky sights for those with larger apertures. Turn to page 62 to begin Pete Lawrence’s telescope tour of these, taking in the Orion Nebula and treasures beyond.
And we’ve got a visual excursion of the many delights elsewhere in the night sky on page 36. You’ll find 30 great sights to observe this month ranging from planetary nebulae to highlights of the cratered lunar landscape, all put together with beginners in mind.
Enjoy the issue!
PS Our next issue goes on sale 15 November.