Introduction

Welcome to my astrophotography site.

Since May 2022, I picked up a camera and shot the moon and have progressed to taking photos of starry skies, planets, the Sun, Deep Sky Objects and even the International Space Station.

A jack of all trades, master of none!

Gallery

Some of my favourites.


The Great Orion Nebula

The Great Orion Nebula


Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy


Pleiades Star Cluster

Pleiades

About Me

Dennis Mellican

The Journey

I started taking photos of the night sky with a digital camera in early 2022.

These are my very first photos of the Moon, the Sun (using a white filter), Jupiter, Saturn and the Great Orion Nebula using a Panasonic Lumix G9 camera. My first astro shots

I wanted even more reach and better resolution, eventually upgrading to a telescope. My best photos of Saturn and Jupiter were taken at opposition. Best planets

The images of Jupiter made it on the 6 o’clock news.

I tried capturing the International Space Station, either flying across the sky, moon or in front of other planets. By far, the most challenging as I had to manually keep the telescope pointed at this fast moving object or try to balance the exposure between it and a planet. ISS flyovers

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist.”

This quote by Stephen Hawking seems to relate with the art of Astrophotography. My polar alignment routine is challenging on most days. Only once did I find perfection.

Perfect Polar Alignment

Currently, I am working towards completing my first 20 hour Deep Sky Object project of the Great Orion Nebula.