Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Ippolito.

Man I just love this image. There aren’t too many niches where you have the opportunity to blend art with what you love to do but this image and night sky photography in general is surely one of them if you do it right.

I’m going to pick on another local photographer here in New England; Stephen Ippolito. This image was taken at the Marshall Point Lighthouse on the always beautiful Maine coastline near Rockland (gotta make a trip guys).  In this image the light streaming from the lighthouse acting as the beacon to those off shore seems to contain something, unusual.  No there aren’t any lights out, if fact the odd feature contains the light of over a hundred billion stars.  Yes, of course I’m talking about the Milky Way and what a stunning capture it is.  It’s amazing sometimes to stop and wonder if anyone or anything is watching, looking out in our direction.  They may be so far away that even if they see Earth, it shows no signs of life as of yet.  This very lighthouse, to them, may still be millions of years from even being built……..Nothing creates wonder like the reality of the universe.

If you look closely, you can also see an even larger, though much further away source of light, life and possibly civilizations; M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy at the lower right.

I really hope that you enjoy this image and check out more of Stephen’s work as it’s just amazing. Much of the photography he partakes in goes well beyond the night sky as well.

Stephen Ippolito Photography:



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2 Responses to THE SKIES ABOVE

  1. phill edwards says:

    great photo, how do you take photo’s through a telescope, i have a celestron, thanks, dan.

    • AstroDan77 says:

      For night sky images for say, like a nebula or planet you will at least need a camera that allows for manual actions such as Nikon or Cannon. You will then need something to attach it to the telescope. You can either get a t-ring and t-adapter (links below) where you will attach it to your camera instead of a lens and connect it to the back of the telescope (after you have removed the diagonal of course) or an adapter for your camera that allows you to insert it dorectly into your eyepiece hole. I like the true-2 adapter which is great if you have a 2″ eyepiece system. I’m sure they have converters as well if you use the 1.25″. All the same rules still apply as well; good alignment, shutter release, settings etc. It’s really easy once you get it down, just seems like a lot at first.

      T-rings and adapters:

      True-2 adapter for direct connect:

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