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! Although the more recent shots are taken with an astro-modified camera and star tracker, two of them 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 the comet’s evolution… 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. Below is my latest capture of the region in October 2022, a far cry from my earlier attempts in years gone by!.. View the post >

North America nebula in Cygnus

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 100-400mm Tamron lens

2 | Orion Nebula

The legendary Orion nebula is always a favourite. Back in early 2015 I braved the cold to photograph the iconic target, optimistic of a decent result. Seeing it final result stacked in DSS with all it’s detail, I couldn’t help but be blown away. Below is a more recent image taken with my William Optics Zenithstar 73.. View the post >

Orion nebula M42 taken with Nikon DSLR and Tamron 400mm lens

1 | Comet Neowise

The most popular post on the website, from summer 2020 during Covid lockdown in the UK. Comet Neowise became one of the most spectacular comets in living memory. View the post >

Comet Neowise 2020 photographed at 180mm