Rosette Nebula | Caldwell 49

The Rosette Nebula is an incredibly beautiful, and popular, deep sky astrophotography target. At its centre, is the open star cluster NGC2244, which is a handy guide to let you know you have the Rosette Nebula in the centre of the frame when imaging.

The Rosette Nebula is sometimes referred to as the Skull Nebula, as looking at it in a different orientation makes it appear as a skull rather than a rosette. It’s one of my favourite winter astrophotography targets that I return to year after year.

Orion Nebula (M42)

The Orion Nebula (M42) is arguably one of the most recognisable deep sky objects in the night sky, sitting in the most famous constellation of Orion. This diffuse nebula is a firm favourite for astrophotographers for many reasons. A wide-field … Read More

The 5 Best Winter Astrophotography Targets

Winter is an exciting time in astrophotography. Not only are the nights longer, but there are some of the absolute best deep sky astrophotography targets available to image at this time of year!

This is a list that is accessible for everyone, no matter what equipment you’re using. You might think there are some obvious targets missing from the list, so do leave a comment to let me know what your favourite winter astrophotography targets are!

5 Astrophotography Deep Sky Targets for Beginners

It’s no secret that some astrophotography targets are easier to image (and find!) than others. Here I am going to break down my 5 favourite deep sky astrophotography targets for beginners, how to find them and share my images along the way. All of these targets are well suited to camera lenses, but some will really pop when using a telescope. Some of these targets are visible to the naked eye, but a couple will require a basic level of star hopping. As long as you can find the nearest bright star to the target, you shouldn’t have a problem locating any of them.