Astrophotography is a genre that requires specialized equipment, deep knowledge, and a lot of patience. It is a treat to watch a talented astrophotographer in action, and this neat behind-the-scenes video shows you the process of shooting an entrancing galaxy a whopping 55 million light-years away.
Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this interesting video follows the process of shooting Messier 100 (NGC 4321). For this, a Celestron EdgeHD 11" f/10 Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is used, which has a focal length of 2,800mm. Messier 100 is a spiral galaxy and is one of the biggest and brightest members of the Virgo Cluster. It sits an incredible 55 million light-years away from us (or 323,300,000,000,000,000,000 miles) and is about 107,000 light-years in diameter. In addition, Messier 100 was one of the first spiral galaxies to be discovered, first seen in 1781. Beyond that, seven supernovae have been discovered inside the galaxy. I am always fascinated watching professional astrophotographers in action; the thought that such unbelievably distant objects can be captured is a bit mind-boggling to me, and seeing their dedication and precise technique in action is really inspiring. The results are definitely worth the time and effort that went into making the image. Check out the video above to see how it was done.