The winning image for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Planets, Comets and Asteroids category is for everything in our solar system not covered by the other competition categories, and so includes satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris. Visit How to photograph comets for expert tips.
Winner of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Planets, Comets and Asteroids category
The 2016 winner for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category is 'Serene Saturn' by Damian Peach (UK), taken at Marley Vale, Barbados on 18 March 2016, using a Celestron C14 telescope with Celestron CI-700 mount, and an ASI 174 mm camera with multiple channels and multiple 0.07-seccond exposures.
What the photographer says
‘As the Sun began to rise, near-perfect conditions prevailed for this Saturn imaging session. Fine details are captured across the globe and ring system which is near to maximum tilt toward us. A variety of coloured bands and zones are seen within the atmosphere, along with various small storms. There were so many breathtaking views through the telescope that I was still observing when the Sun had risen!’ Damian Peach
What the judges say
‘The more you look the more you see. It has incredible detail for a terrestrial image – the hexagon at the pole, the white spots. Aesthetically this image also has a three dimensional quality that lifts Saturn from the darkness of the space surrounding it.’ Ed Robinson
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.