'Astrophotography is presenting the interstellar nature through the achievements of science, art and modern technology.'

Gallery

The astronomy related pictures of mine were separated into three main categories which are the following:

Deep-sky

The expression was introduced by amateur astronomers, as the classification of non-stellar objects beyond our solar system. In this category you can find pictures about the spectacular and colorful objects of our galaxy (Milky Way) and also shootings about other galaxies. These sky objects are really dim and their visibility is indiscernible. I have used long exposure time for these shots, as in some cases more than 10 hours. To achieve this, it was needed to compensate the rotation of the Earth with a special tracking mount.

Solar System

The Solar system is the overall name of the objects which are interacted by the Sun’s gravity field. So, in this category you can find images about the planets, the Moon, the Sun and many other comets. The objects in the Solar system are continuously moving. It is very helpful that nowadays astronomers are able to predict quite accurate their movements. You can find here repetitive moments, but in some cases, I have only minutes or even seconds to capture a temporal event.

Nightscapes

I have collected those pictures in separate category which are recording the movement of the starry night, the Milky Way, the star constellations with earthly foreground. In my opinion, these types of images are the closest to the view you can observe about the starry night by naked eyes from an ideal observing site.

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Articles

Astronomy relates articles (currently only in Hungarian language)

About me

Introduction

My name is András Papp. I have made my final exam as a mechanical engineer in 2008 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Following this I have started to work for a German company as a car interior designer.Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering

I have got in touch with astronomy in 2001 and a while later I decided to connect my photo camera to my telescope. That was only a little step to realize that I like the challenges I faced by capturing the night sky objects. In course of years doing this hobby, I have tried almost all the classical categories of astrophotography.

Publications

First of all, I found relaxing to create astronomy related photographs, so I am making it for fun. I was curious and wanted to show my works for the World. Therefore, I have entered in several international competitions and have won prices what I have never expected. I am the proudest of the followings:

  • Price winning photographs on Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
  • Winning photograph on ASA Photo Competition
  • Runner-up photographs on Atik Astrophotography Competition
  • Astrophotos of the month on Astrobook website

Beyond them, my photographs were appeared in magazines and online media, sometimes as illustrations in teaching books. As of 2018, I am acting and being one of the founder members of the Hungarian Astrophotography Association.

More about myself

My equipment

Astrophotograph as an art of photography, imposes very strict requirements on the equipment used. During the years of photography, I have had the opportunity to use several optical instruments and cameras for a shorter and longer period of time. At the very beginning, I have photographed mainly with the instruments from telescope store on which I made major modification and I designed accessories for them.

Finally, I become aware that those customized and upgraded instruments which are developed on individual experiences and habits can suit best during the use. For this reason, I am using own designed and built-up homemade telescopes and accessories, or significantly upgraded instruments.

My current equipment

For deep-space imaging:

  • Custom designed and made 8” F3,8 Astrograph (Orion UK optics) in carbon fiber sandwich core tube
  • ASA 0,95x Wynne field corrector
  • SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro GOTO Mount (modified)
  • Atik Horizon cooled astronomical CMOS camera
  • Atik EFW2 filter wheel, LRGB and 6nm Ha, OIII, SII filters
  • Lacerta M-Gen autoguider

For Lunar and Solar imaging:

  • GPU 127/1200 Oil-spaced APO (Polished by Csaba Almási, optical design: Pál Gyulai)
  • SkyWatcher H-EQ5 mount (modified)
  • ZWO ASI 174mm camera
  • Televue Powermate
  • Baader Cool-Ceramic Herschel wedge
More about my telescopes

"Where the roads end, there really is the night sky"

The places from where I am collecting the starlight

The fabulous view of the night sky can be seen by naked eye or even through a telescope outside of the light polluted areas only, which are far away from the big cities. When it comes to astrophotography, this fact is more powerful.

Nowadays, you can buy special light pollution depression filters which are specially designed to suppress very effectively the disturbing lights from the captured images, but they are unable to replace a really dark sky. As a result of this, I am regularly visiting the nearby summits to collect the best quality of digital raw frames for further photo processing.

Observing sites

Behind the scenes

Sometimes the optical elements need to be fine-tuned…
…occasionally it is necessary to repair the instrument on the spot…
…or repair the equipment at the middle of the night in the totally darkness.
During the partial sun eclipse visible from Hungary…
…and about capturing the total Sun eclipse in the US.
Preparing for a wintertime observation.
Dewy morning in Ágasvár after a successful photo night.
The Moon is already shining in the night, but the cameras are working uncessantly.
Shooting the ‘Shark’ nebula.