• Mosslim

    on September 15, 2012

    Hi Bob, I'm really interested in astrophotography, your photos are great.
    I like them and enjoyed watching the sky of south.
    we live in Iran, and we have plenty of deserts with dark sky. do you think that I can take some good shots from milky way with a D5100 and it's 18-55 kit lens ?
    do you suggest 35 mm AF-s F1.8 G DX lens for astrophotography? I think that's much sharper than my kit lens.

  • Joan Goldberg

    on January 31, 2010

    Beyond the beyond--simply awesome!

  • Bob Fugate

    on July 1, 2009

    Thanks for the comments, everyone, and glad you liked the photos.
    Jim, it is a yellow laser. I think the issue is 589 nm occurs near the tails of the green and red Bayer filters in the sensor and when a monochromatic source is weak it registers a different color than when it is bright. This does not happen for broadband sources. I've noticed the color changing from yellow to orange or orange to yellow when photographing a beam from its source into the sky, especially at low exposures. Since you're the second person to comment on this, I've slightly modified the color of the beam in the last 2 photos. Bob

  • Jim Riker

    on June 30, 2009


    Truly spectacular photos - I had never seen so much of the southern sky. The Milky Way pictures beat my memories even from Starfire and Maui (of course!). But why is the laser red? Haven't they heard about Sodium yet? (Hopefully, that's a purpose of your trip.) Good luck and please keep posting.

  • The KayNans

    on June 30, 2009

    We only wish we had a wall-size screen. Absolutely breathtaking pictures, Bob. We are so thrilled to be among your recipients. Not only because of the spectacular images, but the fact that we could see the sky! [We have been fogged in all summer and have almost forgotten what is "up there".
    Nancy & Kay

  • Roger

    on June 29, 2009

    Stunning and inspiring...Thank you!

  • Chris D

    on June 24, 2009

    Bob, These are spectacular!! (This is probably not the moment to tell you I still use film, 6x7cm medium format on a Mamiya 7: it's the low noise rather than the resolution that impresses me with your D3.)

  • Lori

    on June 24, 2009

    Unbelievable! I knew that if you sent out pictures they would be impressive, but all I could say was "WOW!" I felt like a kid with a friend who knows a movie star... only my friend took pictures of Outer SPACE! In both cases, it's something you think you will only see on TV or in magazines... truly awe inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing!