The Incredible Astrophotography of Rogelio Bernal Andreo

With no less than 33 images attributed to him on Astronomy Picture of the Day Rogelio Bernal Andreo is one of the most respected astrophotographers on the planet. In fact, his images are so beautifully clear, it’s hard to believe he’s taking them from inside our atmosphere.

Recently this image of the constellation Orion has been receiving a growth spur and deservedly so as a meticulous amount of work was required to capture it. Amongst other things you can see the Witches Head nebula, the Flame nebula, the Horsehead nebula, Barnard’s Loop, the Running Man nebula and of course the Orion nebula. It is, as anyone in the Northern hemisphere will recognise an absolutely enormous part of the sky and to have such an incredible amount of detail there is breathtaking.

Orion Constellation | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Orion Constellation | Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Of course you can’t see these gas clouds with the naked eye, although you would have some limited success with Orion’s nebula found in the middle of the sword with a pair of binoculars. To bring out more detail Rogelio made use of a narrow hydrogen alpha-filter and exposed for a total of 28 hours stitching together 32 images. Take a look at a detailed section of the top right revealing the ever spooky Witch Head nebula.

Witch Head Nebula | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Witch Head Nebula | Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Rogelio began his astrophotography career like many of us; experimenting with is DSLR camera. Rogelio calls this his ‘introductory stage’ and has since moved on to dedicated CCD sensors to capture his images of the dark skies. Don’t worry though, ‘RBA’ as he’s known online still uses his DSLR to compose magnificent landscapes.

Take a look at just a small selection from his incredible portfolio starting with this stunning image of Simeis 147 and its surroundings.

Simeis 147 and surroundings | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Simeis 147 and surroundings | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Rho Ophiuchus Widefield | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Rho Ophiuchus Widefield | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
The Obscure Bristlecone Pine | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
The Obscure Bristlecone Pine | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Striking synchronicity (Yosemite Valley) | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Striking synchronicity (Yosemite Valley) | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
A Flawless Point | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
A Flawless Point | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
M31 and PanSTARRS | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
M31 and PanSTARRS | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Starry Stare | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Starry Stare | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359) and Planetary Nebula | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Thor’s Helmet (NGC 2359) and Planetary Nebula | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Horse Head Nebula (IC 434) and M42 | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Horse Head Nebula (IC 434) and M42 | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
M45 - The Pleiades | Rogelio Bernal Andreo
M45 – The Pleiades | Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Not bad, huh? Certainly inspirational for even the most proficient night sky observers. We look forward to seeing more!

You can find Rogelio’s astrophotography website at deepskycolors.com which includes many more images than the ones shown above and further options to purchase media.


Images used with explicit permission by the artist.

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