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With over 50 posts published on the site, some of the best ones can get lost in the archives. Below is a list of greatest hits: the top five astro photos as ranked by page views. They also happen to be five of the best! All five images were taken with a regular Nikon D7000, and a home-made barn door tracker.

5 | Comet Lovejoy

The night sky can seem unchanging when shooting distant galaxies and nebulea. So when a comet flies by, it’s hard to resist capturing the action. Despite being chilled to the bone on more than one occasion, tracking comet Lovejoy in early 2015 was a rewarding experience. Shooting the comet on a total of 10 occasions over the course of a month with varying levels of success. I stitched together the best of the bunch to show how the comet evolved… View the post >

Nikon 180mm f2.8 D810a

4 | North America Nebula

The North America nebula is Cygnus is a familiar target. Appearing overhead during the late summer and autumn months. It’s also a spectacular target for deep-sky photography… View the post >

north america nebula barn door tracker

3 | Andromeda Galaxy

This is where I caught the astrophotography bug. Starting with just a fixed tripod and a 50mm lens, using image stacking techniques for the first time. Then progressing to a tracking platform for longer exposures. My first results of the Andromeda galaxy are ones to remember. With the final version of the image below… View the post >

Andromeda galaxy with barn door tracker

2 | Orion Nebula

The legendary Orion nebula is always a favourite. And with it being among the brightest in the night sky, so I was optimistic for a pretty good result. But seeing it final result stacked in DSS with all it’s detail, I couldn’t help but be blown away once again!.. View the post >

Orion Nebula with barndoor tracker

1 | The Pleiades

The most popular image on the website, with almost twice the hits of the runner up! The open cluster of the Pleiades is a captivating sight in the winter sky, with nebulosity visible even to the the naked eye. Longer exposures reveal the electric colour of the blue hot stars at the cluster’s heart… View the post >

The Pleiades star tracker