SCOTLAND – Fascinating space research can be done right in your own backyard, no matter how knowledgeable you are in astronomy. All you need is a stellar telescope to witness a unique light show and discover what lies outside our planet. A space fan in Scotland has captured breathtaking visions of the galaxy, all from the comfort of his garden.
Bryan Shaw, 28, spends hours tracking the night sky to produce stunning images of nebulae and star clusters light years away. He sets up his specialist telescope at his home in New Cumnock, a town in East Ayrshire, and concentrates on his distant subjects.
The broadcast production student also captured some beautiful landscape footage featuring auroras and views of the Milky Way. Highlights of his work include the Orion Nebula, approximately 1,344 light-years from Earth; and the Rosetta Nebula, an open star cluster with cosmic clouds of rose-like gas and dust.
As well as stargazing, Bryan juggles his time at the University of the West of Scotland.
“I have been fascinated by stars since I was very young. I never had the ability or the skills to dive into it myself until recently, which really pushed my passion for photography and more advanced techniques into overdrive,” he said. he told South West News Service. “With my equipment, I can film from anywhere; it’s fully portable and I have filters that allow me to shoot through different expanses of light pollution. Many of these specific images were all taken from my garden.
“I capture the images through my telescope, which has been upgraded to include special equipment such as dedicated astronomy cameras, focusers, field flatteners and filter drawers attached to a large, heavy computerized mount for assist in accurate and precise tracking of the night sky for long exposure images,” he continues.
“For any of these images, the most necessary thing is a way to follow the night sky precisely and precisely. You have to take different amounts of images, which sometimes last up to 600 seconds, which, if they don’t are not accurately tracked, are just blurs of light,” says Shaw. “From there, I stack all the frames of that target with calibration frames, which are also taken at the same time to fix any vignetting or lack of lens, in order to bring out the details impossible to see with the naked eye.
“Finally, I bring the photo to life with adjustments in various editing software to show colors and detail.”
“The latest images and skills are used for my final project for college, which is an astrophotography project in a cross-platform framework for various visual and social platforms,” he adds.
Keep scrolling down to see more of Shaw’s spectacular photography. Click to enlarge them.