Stars, star clusters, galactic nebulae and galaxies are famous photography targets of amateur astronomers. With today's capabilities of digital imaging an amateur astronomer is capable of making better pictures than the best professional observatories some decades ago. Have a look at Astronomical Image Data Archive (AIDA) for a bigger selection of astrophotography. January 1993 to February 2013, 33 Images.

Image 1/33: Orion

The constellation Orion. The camera was guided with a telescope and during exposure time I defocused it. With this trick one can see the constellation and the different colours of the stars. Otherwise the stars would be burned out and appear white.

Image 2/33: Plejades

Pleiyades - the seven stars. Other common names are: Subaru, gummi bear or baby buggy. The asterism looks a little like Ursa Maior. This was one of the first tries with a Lichtenknecker Flatfield Camera and is very out of focus. All stars are rings. Focusing f/3.5 is not very easy. — Minolta XD-7, Lichtenknecker FFC, f=500m f/3.5, Fujichrome RH 400, somewhere in 1997

Image 3/33: Orion nebula

Messier 42, the Orion nebula. — 3.5/500mm Flatfield-Kamera, January 1997

Image 4/33: h+Chi Persei

The double star cluster h and Chi Persei in constellation Perseus

Image 5/33: Stargazers on Hasliberg

Trails of star gazers during a telescope meeting on Hasliberg/BE.

Image 6/33: Rising Orion

Star trails of the rising constellation Orion. This picture was taken in 1998 while we were waiting for the big Leonid meteor shower which came one year later.

Image 7/33: Orion and Matterhorn

The constellation Orion is setting behind the famous mount Matterhorn. Picture taken from Gornergrat with the dome of the observatory in the foreground.

Image 8/33: Orion above Chur

Rising Orion above the city Chur, taken from the 18th floor of a building. Just for imagination what light pollution means. — Nikon D70, 24-85mm Zoom lens, 30s @ ISO 1600, 10 December 2004

Image 9/33: Milky way Lukmanierpass

The milky way on Lukmanierpass. The foreground has been flashed to achieve mor depth on the picture. — Nikon D70, 120s at ISO 1600, 24mm at f/4.5, 11. Dezember 2004, 22:27 MEZ

Image 10/33: Mailand from Lukmanierpass

View from Lukmanierpass towards south. One can see the light dome above Milano. They belong to the cities with the biggest light pollution in europe. — Nikon D70, 180s at ISO 1600, 24mm at f/4.5, 11. Dezember 2004, 23:51 MEZ

Image 11/33: Starry night

The starry sky above Lukmanierpass. The trees have ben flashed with internal flash of the D70. Interestingly the sky has a yellow-brown colour while the colours from the flash are correct. This is caused by different colour temperatures. Unfortunately I did not take this picture in NEF format and hence cannot modify the white balance. — Nikon D70, 120s at ISO1600, 24mm mit f/4.5, white balance sun, 12. December 2004, 02:25 MEZ

Image 12/33: Sarnen from Glaubenbergpass

View from Hotel Langis on Glaubenbergpass towards Sarnen down in the valley, covered by fog sea. The light dome behind the mountens is caused by Milano's light pollution. — Nikon D70, AF-S 24-85mm lens, f=24mm, f/5, 300s at ISO 800, white balance tungsten, graduation curve adjusted, 6 February 2005

Image 13/33: Stargazers at Hotel Langis

Trails of stargazers at Hotel Langis on Glaubenbergpass. — Nikon D70, AF-S 24-85mm, f=24mm, f/5, 190s at ISO 800, white balance tungsten, graduation curve adjusted, 6 February 2005

Image 14/33: Polar star above fir

The polar star above a fir tree. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm, f=28mm, f/2.8, 960s, ISO 100, white balance 3000K, Glaubenbergpass, 22. April 2006 — Nikon D200, 959 s, F/2.8, 28 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 22, 2006 00:02:19

Image 15/33: Antares Region

The region around the brigt star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. The red stripe across the image was caused by an airplane.

Image 16/33: Milky way Cygnus

The milky way in the constellation Cygnus.

Image 17/33: Milky way Scutum

The milky way with the Scutum star cloud.

Image 18/33: Milky way

Milky way at the spring telescope meeting on Hasliberg

Image 19/33: Star trails

Trails of stars above trees and mountains. I set the white balance to 3000K because then the night sky appears blue, which is not scientifically correct but looks more natural ;-) If the white balance is set to sunglight then the night sky appears brown. I recommend using NEF for all night scenes or under illumination circumstances which are unclear. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm, f=28mm, f/2.8, 480s, ISO 200, white balance 3000K, Glaubenbergpass, 22. April 2006

Image 20/33: Circumpolar Starns

Circumpolar stars with clouds on Mirasteilas 2006 in Falera. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, f=12mm, f/4, 30min, ISO 100, colour temperature 3000K, 24 September 2006

Image 21/33: Light Pollution

Nikon D200, 960 s, F/3.5, 24 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, May 19, 2007 00:43:40

Image 22/33: Telescope Meeting

Nikon D200, 960 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, May 19, 2007 02:17:31

Image 23/33: High Current Pylon

Nikon D200, 1800 s, F/4.0, 13 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, February 9, 2008 22:02:20

Image 24/33: Snowcat

Nikon D200, 900 s, F/4.0, 13 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, February 9, 2008 22:40:00

Image 25/33: Snowcat

Nikon D200, 480 s, F/4.5, 12 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, February 9, 2008 23:15:03

Image 26/33: Starparty Gurnigel 2009

Nikon D3, 25 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 6400, Sunday, August 23, 2009 00:25:14

Image 27/33: Mirasteilas Falera 2009

Nikon D3, 25 s, F/2.8, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Friday, September 18, 2009 22:36:09

Image 28/33: Setting Orion

Nikon D3, 30 s, F/3.2, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Saturday, February 5, 2011 00:53:29

Image 29/33: Light Pollution with Meteor

Nikon D3, 29 s, F/3.5, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Saturday, February 5, 2011 22:00:06

Image 30/33: Polar Star

Nikon D3, 240 s, F/3.5, 17 mm, ISO 400, Sunday, February 6, 2011 01:55:25

Image 31/33: Star Party 2012

Nikon D3, 30 s, F/3.5, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Saturday, August 18, 2012 22:54:59

Image 32/33: Star Party 2012

Nikon D3, 30 s, F/3.5, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Saturday, August 18, 2012 23:13:41

Image 33/33: Mily Way with Shooting Star

Nikon D3, 30 s, F/2.8, 17 mm, ISO 3200, Saturday, February 2, 2013 02:08:23