The Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation were captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, and the image quickly rose to fame. The entire globe was captivated by this fascinating exploration of an area that gives birth to numerous stars. Andrew McCarthy, a backyard astronomer, just captured his own image of the Eagle Nebula without utilizing NASA’s $16 billion space telescope. Instead, he used a $500 12″ Newtonian telescope, a tracking mount, and a few other pieces of gear. McCarthy’s outcome is extremely amazing when comparing them side by side.
The “pillars” are clearly visible in the composition’s center, despite the fact that his image has a wider view of the nebula. McCarthy took the imaginative decision to cut out the stars in post-production to make them stand out even more. By doing this, he gives us the chance to take in the nebula’s opulent, hazy environment. To get the shot he wanted, he needed to expose the camera for around eight hours spread over several evenings. Additionally, he eliminated light pollution using narrowband filters and obtained a color palette reminiscent of Hubble’s.
McCarthy repeatedly returns to the topic of the Eagle Nebula. Depending on the filters used and the post-production decisions made, each time can seem different, but the outcomes are always amazing. McCarthy reminds us that you don’t need a NASA-built telescope to take stunning pictures of space by releasing these images to the public.
If you’d like to own this image, McCarthy has prints available for sale on his website.
The view of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is among its most well-known images.
Using a $500 Newtonian telescope, amateur astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy captured his own view of the Eagle Nebula.
The Pillars of Creation are clearly seen in the middle of the image.
McCarthy enjoys photographing the Eagle Nebula and has captured it numerous times.
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