Updated 22 March 2016

Joe Roberts Astrophotography

Showpiece Image Gallery

This page contains some of my very best images. If you have followed this page over the years you have no doubt noticed that the vast majority of my best images are ones taken with CCD cameras (vice film). While film still has its place for certain applications, digital imaging offers overwhelming advantages compared to film. Many of the images below were taken with a modest 4" refractor in conjunction with an Orion StarShoot Pro Deep Space CCD Color Imaging Camera. NOTE: You might want to Calibrate Your Monitor in order to best view the images on this site.

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Comet Hale Bopp (1997), 5 minute exposure (film) w/ 500mm F6.3 lens

Taken from Salem, CT.


North American Nebula, taken with Takahashi E-180

155 minute CCD exposure, 09 Aug 2015.


"Super Moon", taken with a Pentax Kx DSLR through a 4" Refractor

19 March 2011.


Pleiades Star Cluster (M45), taken with Vixen 102 ED Refractor

9 hour 8 minute minute CCD exposure, 14,16 and 19 November 2012.


Eagle Nebula (M16), taken with a Takahashi E-180

40 minute CCD exposure, 14 May 2015.


M13 Globular Cluster, taken with a Takahashi E-180

96 minute CCD exposure, 17 Apr 2015


Great Nebula in Orion, 188 minute CCD total exposure through 4" Refractor

Taken from Voluntown, CT, 02 November 2011


Andromeda Galaxy, taken with a Takahashi E-180

95 minute CCD exposure, 09 Aug 2015.


Rosette Nebula, 220 minute exposure through a 4" refractor

18 December 2011


M33 (Triangulum Galaxy), taken with Vixen 102 ED Refractor

216 minute CCD exposure, 11 September 2012.


27 October 2004 Lunar Eclipse (Celestron CG-11 telescope @F6.3, 200 ISO slide film).

Taken from Voluntown, CT.


Comet Hyakutake, 5 minute (film) exposure w/ 28mm F2.8 lens

Taken from Lebanon, CT, March 1996.


Planetary Nebula M27, 104 minute exposure w/ 11" telescope

Taken from Voluntown, CT, 05 July 2012.


Aurora (Northern Lights), Colebrook CT, 7 September 2002

Wide Angle (film) exposure, Big Dipper visible near horizon.


Eastern Sky Rising at Arunah Hill

The California Nebula, Pleiades and Hyades are visible in this film shot, taken in 2001 from Arunah Hill, Cummington MA.


Members of Our Solar System: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

Photos taken with Olympus C3030 Zoom digital camera (afocal method). 28 Aug 2003 (Mars), 12 January 2001 (Jupiter) and 17 November 2001 (Saturn).


Lunar Close Up, Celestron C14 @F3.3, Orion Starshoot II Imager

Taken 14 February 2008 from Voluntown CT.


Flame and Horsehead Nebulae, 72 minute exposure through 4" refractor with Orion Starshoot II Imager

22 Nov 2009


Waning Moon, 26 July 2008

Taken with a 4" refractor from Voluntown, CT (CCD image).


Galaxies M82 and M81

Taken with a 4" refractor from Voluntown, CT on 14, 16 and 19 November 2012, 592 minute CCD exposure.


The Double Cluster in Perseus

Taken with a 4" refractor from Voluntown, CT on 01 November 2011, 28 minute CCD exposure.


Some images of my all time favorite galaxies. Exposures range from 1 to about 10 hours.

All taken with a 4" refractor.


Super Moon, 23 June 2013

HDR image through a 135mm lens (Pentax K-x DSLR)


Wide field view of M13, 05 July 2013.

172 minute exposure through a 4" refractor.


The Ring Nebula

32 minute exposure through a Celestron 11, July 2012.


Winter Milky Way

One minute exposure using a Canon 60Da DSLR with a 16mm Rokinon lens.


The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

120 minute exposure using a Takahashi E-180, taken 13 Feb 2016.


IC 1396 in Cepheus

110 minute exposure using a Takahashi E-180, taken 12 Aug 2015.


Comet Lovejoy, 19 Jan 2015

4 minute exposure through a 4" refractor.


The Sun in H-alpha light, 06 June 2014

Taken using a Canon T3i DSLR attached to a Lunt 60mm solar telescope.


Galaxy M106 in Ursa Major

Taken with a Takahashi E-180, 144 minute exposure, 13 Feb 2016.


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