Prize-win­ning as­tropho­tog­ra­phy takes cen­tre stage this is­sue

Sky at Night Magazine - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - Chris Bram­ley Ed­i­tor

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.

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