Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tom Davis' Latest Masterpiece

Some artists achieve a rarifed state where their work, due to its style, technique, and composition is instantly recognisable as their creation. Art lovers instantly recognise a Van Gogh or a Monet. In our modern times a Ken Done, Robert Rankin or Peter Lik landscape photograph is instantly recognisable as one of their works.

In the world of astrophotography there is one astrophotographer who's work is instantly recognisable......he is the master of the "coffee stain" dark nebula. Tom Davis today collects yet another APOD - Astronomy Photo of the Day.

Tom has astounded many with his patient, long exposure creations that capture, not the spectacular colours of reflection nebula, but the seemingly bizarre dark brush strokes of dustlanes around stars, clusters and nebula.

Known as dark reflection nebula, much of this dust is sometimes missed in various astrophotography techniques, Davis has made it his own. Whilst the image processing techniques he uses are superb, its also his composition that truly sets him apart and creates the instantly recognisable work.

Congratulations again Tom, long may you set the higher standards for us all to aspire to.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

M104 Sombrero Galaxy

The amazing M104 Sombrero Galaxy. Not sure which is the most amazing aspect, the Galaxy itself, the amazing surrounding sky, or the fact that Vesto Slipher calculated in 1912 that it is traveling away from us at 1000 klms per second.

This 60 mins HA (3nm) shot taken by the author with ASA N16 16" Astrograph with FLI PL11002 class 1.

High res version



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