The runner-up image for the Deep Space category of the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

This category is for photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies. Long-exposure photography is the best way to see and capture colour views of our distant neighbourhood; visit How to photograph deep space objects for expert tips.

Runner-up of the Deep Space category in 2013

The runner-up for our 2013 competition was ‘Rho Ophiuchi and Antares Nebulae’ by Tom O’Donoghue (Ireland). This image was taken using a Takahasi FSQ106N telescope, an EM200 mount and an Atik 11000 camera.

The 60-hour, five-frame exposure resulted in a smoky appearance of the dust clouds, which is fitting, as the grains of dust that make up the nebula are similar in size to particles of smoke here on Earth. ‘This object is too low in the sky to see from Ireland,’ O’Donoghue commented, ‘but was top of my imaging list from my location in Spain.’

Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 

Visit the IAPY 2015 exhibition