The runner-up image for the Galaxies category of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Galaxies category is for photos featuring deep-space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters and stellar associations.
Runner-up of the IAPY 2016 Galaxies category
The 2016 runner-up for the Galaxies category is 'Towards the Small Magellanic Cloud' by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo (Argentina), taken at San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina on 12 September 2015 using an Astro-Physics 130 Gran Turismo telescope with Losmandy G11mount and Canon EOS 6D camera, at ISO 800, with multiple channels and a 5-hour total exposure.
What the photographer says
‘This image shows our neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, and globular cluster 47 Tucanae. Instead of using a short focal length to cover this field, I stitched together a three-pane mosaic which allowed me to attain a high resolution. As a result, an immense number of stars is well resolved and faraway star clusters are revealed scattered throughout the galaxy.’ Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
What the judges say
‘The aspect that first struck me about this image was the fine nature of the stars in 47 Tucanae in the upper right corner. Then as you move your gaze into the centre of the image, there’s so much more to see. A wonderful starscape to stare at.’ Pete Lawrence
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, 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.