Astrophotography can be as much a science as it can be an art. The dividing line between these interpretations is left mainly to the artist studying the object in question. An image captured can be considered a convoluted map of various elements and interactions between clumps of gas and radiation, or a wondefully intricate and colourful representation of the manifestations of the laws of Physics.
Observational astronomy can be very exciting and very humbling when one experiences the wonders of observing fine details in deep space with ones own eyes. Where this can at times fail to deliver however is in meeting expectations of inexperienced observers. Deep space objects are too faint and too far away to reproduce any colour in the human eye and even in dark night skies and with large aperture telescopes, fine details can be hard to discern.
Astrophotography can provide a view of deep space objects that observational astronomy cannot - the faintest, finest details in deep, rich colour spanning very large areas of space. The result of this work can then be shared digitally, world-wide and even printed on posters to put on display. Though astrophotography requires a great deal of patience, precision and dedicated equipment, it can be extremely satisfying to see what seems like the dark depths of space take form in complex clouds of gas and a seemingly infinite number of stars.
This section is dedicated to those with the patience and desire for perfection to image space and all the wonders it can afford us - to those who dedicate themselves to capturing tiny, beautiful portions of space in order to share it with the world. Astrophotographers' latest and best work is displayed and sectioned by corresponding member of the Gibraltar Astronomical Society.