Psychedelic wonder of galaxies at night: Incredible images taken by amateur astronomer using a camera and home-made telescope

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These spectacular images of galaxies thousands of light years away would appear to have been taken using state-of-the-art equipment.

In fact, they were captured by amateur astronomer Georgiy Suturin using just a camera and a home-made telescope.

The extraordinary photos include the twinkling beauty of the Orion Nebula, and the Rosette Nebula – an object so massive it would take 130 years travelling at the speed of light to go from one side to the other.

Cosmic beauty: Amateur astronomer Georgiy Suturin took this stunning image of an open cluster - first discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787 - using just a camera and a home-made telescope

Mr Suturin, from Kiev, Ukraine, took this exquisite image of the Orion Nebula is one of the brightest nebulae and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky

Incredibly, they were taken using a telescope painstakingly pieced together by Mr Suturin, who has dedicated his life to developing and trialling different kit to perfect his set-up.

He said: ‘I was fond of astronomy even when I was a boy and studied in school.

‘I first started making telescopes together with my friend. We made them out of standard glasses you wear if you have bad eyesight.

‘We inserted the lenses to tubes made of hard cardboard and discovered we could take pictures of Venus – I kept that photograph under my pillow for years.

‘Over the years I have developed the telescope to the point where if you see me setting up to take pictures you might think a man is getting some equipment out and making a machine gun from it.’

Stargazing equipment: Mr Suturin has dedicated his life to developing and trialling different kit to perfect his telescopic set-up

Father-of-one Mr Suturin, from Kiev, Ukraine had a break from his hobby while concentrating on his studies before joining the army.
Following the end of USSR, he moved to Kiev when his son suddenly asked for a telescope.
He said: ‘I bought a small Celestron and together we even saw a moon through it – it gave me the bug back and before I knew it, it ended with me buying a Schmidt-Kessegren Meade.
‘From there I started to collect all the equipment I needed to take photos even further away, extra glass and bits to connect it all which looks like bad plumbing to the naked eye.
‘My wife wasn’t happy with it mind, but that was just the beginning, as I soon bought an apochromatic telescope which is the price of small car.
‘I bought many more small things all needed to get these perfect pictures so it would not be far from the truth if I said I spent thousands of pounds.
‘But when I get the results after travelling hundreds of miles to escape the city lights it’s all worth it.
‘My photography needs to capture the line perfectly between hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur to be this clear. It makes all the effort worthwhile when I go home with pictures like these.’

Majestic red: The Rosette Nebula is so massive it would take 130 years travelling at the speed of light to go from one side to the other

Heart-shaped: The twinkling CED 214 emission nebula in the Cepheus constellation

Mr Suturin's image of the Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth, can be seen in all its oval glory

Written by physicsgg

July 19, 2011 at 8:05 am


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