Welcome to darkskiesimaging highlighting work from my observatories in the Polden Hills of Somerset UK and AstroCamp in the mountains of SE Spain. It showcases my images and presents the astrophotography equipment and techniques I use. It is work in progress and I am continually developing the website and adding new images.
Emission line imaging
In 2010 I built a roll-off roof observatory in my back garden to provide a permanent setup for astrophotography. My particular area of specialism is emission line imaging using narrowband filters. The resulting images are extremely dramatic in appearance yielding insights into the forces and processes in nebulae and other deep sky objects.
Narrowband imaging requires long integration times to produce good results. Using automation software I have established an unattended imaging capability in order to maximise image acquisition under clear skies. This allows repeatable imaging of a target with multiple filters over multiple nights and has greatly improved my productivity.
Remote access to dark skies
Most astronomers live in or near to cities and do not have access to pristine dark skies. Internet remote access eliminates the constraints of light pollution by allowing remote control of an observatory at a dark site location. I am currently working with colleagues at AstroCamp in SE Spain and iTelescope.net to develop and run a remote imaging facility.