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The astrophotography images found on this page are a result of countless nights under the stars with my camera and telescope. I do the majority of my imaging from my light-polluted backyard in St. Catharines, Ontario, but I also travel to darker skies when possible.

I have learned much of what I know today from some of the original pioneers of DSLR astrophotography whose images have graced the pages of APOD and Sky and Telescope.  My personal publications are few and far between, but I plan to expand of this particular goal.

Astrophotography Images

For information about each of the images on this page, click the title or the image itself.  I explain the camera settings, exposure times and telescope details for each photo.   With proper guiding and polar alignment, you could expect similar results using the astrophotography equipment required for this type of photography.

Telescopes for astrophotography – My top choices for beginners

For tips and tutorials on taking your own DSLR astrophotography images, please visit the AstroBackyard  YouTube Channel or the Astrophotography Tutorials section of this website.

The Orion Nebula

California Nebula

Horsehead Nebula - DSLR HaRGB

Andromeda Galaxy

The Trifid Nebula

Refection Nebula

Rosette Nebula

Western Veil Nebula

North America Nebula

The Pleiades

Total Lunar Eclipse - Full Moon

Iris Nebula

M16 - Eagle nebula

Witch Head Nebula

Bubble Nebula

M8 - Lagoon Nebula

Eastern Veil Nebula

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

Needle Galaxy

NGC 4631 - The Whale Galaxy

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

The Swan Nebula

Harvest Moon 2016

NGC 281 - Pacman Nebula

M81 and M82 galaxies

M13 Globular Cluster

Black eye galaxy

I hope you have enjoyed the deep-sky astrophotography images in this photo gallery.  I have more images to add including galaxies, star clusters, and wide field Milky Way panoramic shots.  I am currently adding new images to this section daily!  For a detailed description of the equipment needed to take your own deep-sky images, please visit that section of the website here:

For a detailed description of the equipment needed to take your own deep-sky images, please visit that section of the website here: Astrophotography Equipment.

Looking to capture images like this for yourself?  Have look at the astrophotography telescopes I recommend for beginners.

All of my DSLR Deep-Sky Astrophotography Images

Below you will find a list of the Deep-Sky Astrophotography images I have photographed over the past 5 years.  Looking back at some of them now, I realize just how far I have come with my capturing and processing abilities.  The older images are not up to my current quality standards, but they show my continued dedication and passion for my craft.

Most of the images include the astrophotography equipment used to acquire the data, as well as some information about the object and processing details.  For my latest images, please follow AstroBackyard on Facebook.

Markarian’s Chain of Galaxies – Virgo Cluster

Caldwell 49 – The Rosette Nebula

Barnard 33 – The Horsehead Nebula

IC 1396 – The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

IC 1805 – The Heart Nebula

IC 2118 – The Witch Head Nebula

IC 5070 – The Pelican Nebula

IC 5164 – The Cocoon Nebula

M101 -The Pinwheel Galaxy

M104 – The Sombrero Galaxy

M13 – Globular Cluster

M16 – The Eagle Nebula

M17 – The Omega Nebula

M20 – The Trifid Nebula

M27 – The Dumbbell Nebula

M31 – The Andromeda Galaxy

M33 – The Triangulum Galaxy

M45 – The Pleiades

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy

M64 – The Black Eye Galaxy

M78 – Reflection Nebula

M8 – The Lagoon Nebula

M81 and M82 Galaxies

NGC 1499 – California Nebula

NGC 281 – The Pacman Nebula

NGC 4565 – The Needle Galaxy

NGC 4631 – The Whale Galaxy

NGC 6992 – The Eastern Veil Nebula

NGC 7000 – The North America Nebula

NGC 7023 – The Iris Nebula

NGC 7293 – The Helix Nebula

NGC 7380 – The Wizard Nebula

NGC 7635 – The Bubble Nebula

M42 – The Orion Nebula