Have you ever looked through a telescope and looked at a galaxy or a nebula? Usually there is relatively little to see, as astronomical objects are very faint. It often takes many hours of exposure time and to make weak structures and colors visible. But astrophotography manages to depict celestial objects in their full splendor and color.

It is a fascinating hobby precisely because it is challenging and technically demanding. But once you have captured a picture of an object, it is all the more beautiful when it reproduces the incredible diversity of the universe. In the gallery you will find some photos of known and perhaps less known astronomical objects. Enjoy the journey to the stars and distant celestial objects.

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What can you see in the sky? Are there any exciting things to see? Here I show my latest astrophotos. I would like to invite you to visit the gallery to see more pictures. Most of them were taken in Austria, some also in Namibia.

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IC 1805

IC 1805 or Melotte 15 is an open cluster in the center of the Heart Nebula. It contains several stars of spectral type O, that are responsible for ionizing the hydrogen in the nebula. …

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M 33

The Triangulum Galaxy (M 33 or NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy 2.73 million light-years away from earth in the constellation Triangulum. This galaxy is the third-largest member of …

About Me

I had my first contact with astronomy at the age of 14. At that time I visited the public observatory in Traiskirchen and was fascinated by the telescopes and the night sky at first sight.

My interest in astrophotography became apparent after a short time. Astrophotography is not a widespread hobby. It is also not a thing that you do quickly. It's time-consuming, it's expensive, you're exposed to the whims of nature and the weather, and it takes perseverance and patience. At the public observatory I made my first experiences with taking pictures of celestial objects. A few years later the digital revolution "took place" and new and unimagined possibilities opened up in astrophotography. A lot has changed since then. I am currently operating
my remote observatory in Styria. And at regular intervals I "treat myself" to a bit of variety and take pictures under the perfect sky in Namibia.

Patrick Winkler
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