Victor Rogus, amateur astronomer, contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
The Moon, for most amateur astronomers, this is the first step, their first journey into the darkness of space. I well remember my first view of the lunar surface through a fine instrument on one cold January evening in our Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois. Momentarily overwhelmed by the brightness of a gibbous moon, my eyes adjusted and I realized then that I was a visitor to another world, fantastic craters, mountain ranges, hills, valleys and many so many surprises. A place of shadows and light a place I never become tired of visiting. Like any artists, astro-photographers must suffer at times for their art — cold, bugs and creatures of the night can be deterrents. However, what's important is be in the right place at the right time, and to have the properly thought out adequate equipment to get the job done — and that equipment need not be expensive. [Top Telescope Store Reviews
When setting out, it's more important to be mobile than to pack heavy, and to choose celestial events according to the type of cameras and mounts you have available. And do not be discouraged by the weather — it is amazing how often celestial objects skirt in and out of clouds, making for stunning photographic opportunities.
These are all things one learns over the years, and over the years an artist refines his skills, and his craft. In 30 years of photographing celestial events, the following ten images are perhaps the most important to me. I hope my stories and photographs inspire and encourage you to start a hobby, one that can become a lifelong obsession to find your own way in viewing the sky and celebrate your own personal relationship with the Universe!
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