Lol...not a bad job tbh!! It's actually pretty amazing what you can do with some basic equipment and a bit of time these days.
This photo was taken from my backyard last month with a standard DSLR camera and 70-300mm kit lens. I did have it on a tracking mount so I could take 2 minute exposures without star-trailing.
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North American Nebula
If you're just thinking of trying some visual astronomy, a decent pair of binoculars and a star chart or planetarium app will get you started. I just picked up a pair of 15x70 binoculars and they show jupiters moons and Saturn's rings.I keep meaning to save up for a
I keep meaning to save up for a telescope and then spend nights at weekends looking at various astronomical objects through it in my yard or one of my three gardens. Instead, I just spend my wages on beer and curries.
Stargazer captures night sky from Sheffield gardenBy Oli Constable
21 March 2021
The Orion Nebula captured from Russell Atkin's Sheffield garden
An amateur astronomer has taken "one of his best" photos of the Orion Nebula from his garden during lockdown.
Russell Atkin, from Sheffield, started pointing his camera towards the night sky in 2013, sharing his pictures on social media.
He said it had been an "eight-year learning curve" which saw him travel to Chile before the pandemic.
Covid restrictions have limited Mr Atkin to his garden but his photos continue to impress viewers.
"You can see this with your naked eye, but not in this detail," Mr Atkin said, describing his newest picture of the gas cloud.
"It's the closest region of star birth to Earth and it's about 1,350 light years away."
Stargazer captures night sky from Sheffield garden - BBC News