News and updates



27 August - 11 September 2017
Here are the first images and data from the Total Solar Eclipse I've successfully observed in USA, Wyoming, on 21 August 2017. More images are be published! Keep looking for updates.


Total Solar Eclipse of 21 August 2017 - USA

17 April 2017
Finally I was able to publish an image of Abell 1185 galaxy cluster, imaged during two nights in the Alps. Total exp of more than 10 hours. My first attempt in 2016 failed due to bad weather that allowed me to capture only a few frames.
Abell 1185 galaxy cluster

4 December 2016
Here is the only long exposure image from Colle dell'Agnello 2016 (30 July - 6 August).
LBN 438 in Lacerta

6 June 2016
Here are the results from the adventure for observing the Transit of Mercury of 9 May 2016.
Transit of Mercury
9 May 2016

27 March 2016
Here is the latest result from Pian dell'Armą in February 2016.
Sh2-232 in Auriga

27 December 2015
Some more images of 2015.
Super-Moon and Mini-Moon
August 2014 and January 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
24 January 2015
Sh2-224 Supernova remnant
in Auriga

26 December 2015
Here are some images of 2015 finally online.
LDN 783 in Vulpecula
Conjunction Moon Venus Jupiter
20 June 2015
NGC 6820 in Vulpecula

14 December 2015
Here is the latest result from Saint Barthelemy in October 2015.
LBN 437 in Lacerta

11 September 2015
Finally I've tested the mythical Sony A7s! I've found a great sensitivity but... (read the test). I've tested also the Sony A6000, with similar good and bad points.
 
28 August 2015
The summer week at Colle dell'Agnello this year was full of clouds and I've gathered only a single picture from three partially clouded nights.
Sh2-101 and neighborhoods in Cygnus

26 December 2014
Here are some images of the summer weeks in the Alps at Colle dell'Agnello made with an Avalon M-Zero mount.
Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)
27-28 August 2014

Coathanger cluster
M11 and Scutum star cloud - 2

8 December 2014
I've tested the Sony NEX-6, the first mirrorless in my many tests, and I've found a not very good low light sensitivity, but a good dynamic range at low ISO.
6 December 2014
Here are some other images from the large archive of unprocessed raw from the Namibia 2011 expedition.
NGC253, Silver Dollar Galaxy
NGC5128, Centaurus A Galaxy
NGC55

These are co-processed with Edoardo Radice, thanks for the collaboration!
Snake dark nebula, B72
NGC1097, Fornax galaxy

1 December 2014
A new image from the last new moon, my first time at Bazena.
Sh2-157 in Cepheus/Cassiopeia

20 November 2014
An image from the week on the Alps of last August.
Barnard's E (B142-143)

11 November 2014
A new dusty region, in Perseus, imaged during the last new moon.
NGC 1333 and neighborhoods

2 October 2014
A new test about autoguiders. Here is a comparison between the Lodestar 1 and the new Lodestar X2.


30 September 2014
This is the result of two nights at the Star Party of Saint Barthelemy, the major event in Italy, with two good clear nights.
Sh2-129 in Cepheus

20 September 2014
Another result from the summer week in the Alps, an emission nebula in Cygnus.
Sh2-119 in Cygnus
6 September 2014
A first result from the summer week in the Alps, a faint nebula in Cepheus.
LBN 558 and LDN 1250-1246 in Cepheus
20 August 2014
Again images with Takahashi FS 152 recently processed from the 2011 Namibian expedition.
M8 Lagoon Nebula
NGC 6334, Cat's Paw Nebula
Scorpius Tail (IC 4628) - detail

18 August 2014
Another set of images with Takahashi FS 152 recently processed from the 2011 Namibian expedition.
M22 globular cluster
NGC 6752 globular cluster
47 Tucanae (NGC104) globular cluster

16 August 2014
Some other images with Pentax 75 recently processed from the 2011 Namibian expedition.
NGC 1365 and galaxy cluster Acrux, NGC 4609 and part of the Coalsack
Corona Australis Molecular Cloud region Witch Head Nebula - IC 2118

13 August 2014
Some images with Pentax 75 recently processed from the 2011 Namibian expedition.
Blanco 1 open cluster Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy - PGC 3589 M7 and dark nebulas

3 May 2014
An image that was lost on the hard-disk waiting 10 months before processing...
Sh2-33 in Serpens
20 April 2014
An image from the latest new Moon, a very faint nebula in UMa.
Integrated Flux Nebula in UMa, near SAO 6792
12 April 2014
I've tested the Canon 5Dmk3, and I was impressed by the great low light sensitivity, comparable to the newer Canon 6D that I've tested some months ago.

2 March 2014
An image that was forgot on the hard disk for one year!
Ced 51 in Orion's head
19 February 2014
Two new images for the latest new Moon.
Barnard 18 in Taurus
M81-82 with SN2014J
2 February 2014
This new time lapse video focus on the work of amateur astronomers and their telescopes under the stars. Many dolly, panning and hyperlapse sequences are included. Enjoy!

Title: Telescopes under the Stars
Comments: compilation of timelapses of amateur astronomers observing the sky, with dolly, panning, hyperlapse and other effects.
Date: from 2012 to 2014
Location: Italian Alps and Appenines
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, 60D, 350D
Sensitivity: 1600-3200 ISO
Lenses: Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sigma 20 mm f/1.8, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8, Samyang 8 mm f/3.5, Peleng 8 mm f/3.5
Exposures: from 20 to 60 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli
22 January 2014
A new image from the latest new Moon observations.
Barnard 11-12-13 deep Ha
1 January 2014
Finally the timelapse of the Alta Norway 2013 expedition is online. Unfortunately clouds covered the best part of the show, but I hope to have captured a little idea of what was behind.

Title: Lights in the Sky
Comments: Northern lights from the Alta Norway 2013 expedition, under very cloudy skies.
Date: 9-15 October 2013
Location: Alta, Norway
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, 60D, 350D
Sensitivity: mostly 1600-3200 ISO
Lenses: Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sigma 20 mm f/1.8, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8
Exposures: from 5 to 10 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli

28 December 2013
Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)
4-5-6-7-8-15-16-31 December 2013

27 December 2013
A new test is online: I've looked at the Canon 60D behavior with sRAW and mRAW formats, while the true RAW was analysed in the past. Here are the related pages:


27 December 2013
A comparative description and test of wide field imaging sky trackers has been published.
Sky trackers comparison and testing
20 December 2013
A new test of a wide field lens, a Canon 10-22.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
17 November 2013
A month after the return from my second Norwegian expedition, here are the results (except time-lapse, in preparation)
Norway 2013
9 November 2013
A new image from the latest new Moon observations.
LBN 603 in Cassiopeia
27 October 2013
A comparison of the best globular clusters taken from Namibia 2011.
The best globular clusters
Comparison of Omega Centauri and M13
Omega Centauri globular cluster
8 October 2013

Workshop di astrofotografia digitale
Il Gruppo Astrofili G. e A. Bernasconi di Saronno e il Gruppo Arquatese Astrofili sono lieti di presentare il workshop di astrofotografia digitale, con l'obiettivo di formare appassionati astrofotografi e introdurli alle moderne tecniche di ripresa ed elaborazione delle immagini astronomiche. Il corso, articolato in 5 incontri serali (ogni martedģ dal 29 ottobre al 26 novembre 2013), sarą tenuto da Lorenzo Comolli e Daniele Cipollina, gią autori del libro "Guida pratica all'astrofotografia digitale".
Maggiori informazioni nel volantino di 4 pagine.

30 August 2013
Two new image from Colle dell'Agnello 2013.
Propeller nebula
Cave Nebula, Sh2-155, 2nd trial
27 August 2013
Here are 5 nebulae from the Namibia 2011 expedition, that only now I've had the possibility to process and upload. All are made using a Pentax 75 refractor, a Canon 5D on a small Kenko NES mount.
Antares Nebulae
Eta Carinae Nebula
M8, M20 and Sh2-29
(from Namibia)

IC 2944 - Running Chicken Nebula
NGC 6188 in Ara


25 August 2013
My latest time-lapse made at the Diavolezza Berghouse, imaging at night with the Full Moon the Pers and Morteratsch Glaciers.

Subject: Diavolezza - Above the Glacier
Notes: imaged on the Bernina Range, at 3000 m, in a night with Full Moon, above the Pers and Mourteratsch Glaciers, Switzerland.
Date: 21-22 August 2013
Location: Diavolezza, Switzerland
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, 60D, 350D
Sensitivity: mostly 800-1600 ISO at night
Lenses: Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sigma 20 mm f/1.8, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8, Canon 50 mm f/1.8
Exposure: bulb ramping with ML or fixed 25-40 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli
18 August 2013
A new image from Colle dell'Agnello 2013.
LDN 673 and neighborhood
23+28+31 July 2013
AI've tested the Canon 6D, 5D mark II (mk2) and SBIG STL 11000by means of gain and read noise (and more). This adds to the many other camera I've tested.
In 5Dmk2 the most interesting and surprising result is no advantage is presend by using more than 1600 ISO!
The new Canon 6D impressed me for the very good read noise, allowing the use of 6400 ISO.
  .   .
11 July 2013
A new image from the New Moon of a few days ago.
Hourglass nebula inside IC1318
30 June 2013
A few months after publishing the Large Magellanic Cloud image, here is the Small Magellanic Cloud, gathered with a 4 panes mosaic to fully register the extent.
Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) - 4 panes mosaic
11 June 2013
Abell 1656 is a galaxy cluster with heavily packed galaxies that has to be looked at full resulution.
Abell 1656 galaxy cluster in Coma Berenices
31 May 2013
Finally I've processed this image of the Andromeda Galaxy, shot in November 2012. Sometimes it is really worth to point well known subjects.
M31, the Andromeda Galaxy
26 May 2013
A wonderful galaxy encircled by many companions of the Virgo Cluster. Look af the full details in the high res version.
M100 in Virgo Cluster
May 2013
For Italian readers only': da questo mese č disponibile la rubrica "Il cielo del mese", pubblicata con cadenza mensile. Scaricala gratuitamente dalla homepage di Unitronitalia Instruments (scorri nel menł laterale a sinistra). Se ti piace e la ritieni utile, fammelo sapere e soprattutto condividila coi tuoi amici!

4 May 2013
I've tested a Canon 100-400 lens that is good both for wildlife photography and astrophotography. Read the full review and evaluate the image quality on point sources.
Canon 100-400 mm
f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
+1.4x II Extender

29 April 2013
A new processing of the Namibian expedition of 2011. This huge mosaic of 6 panes cover 8x8°, filled with cosmic spendors. Be sure to look at the higer res version.
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
6 panes mosaic
9 April 2013
A classical object of the winter, in the very high Ursa Major. Look af the full details in the high res version.
M101, Pinwheel Galaxy
24 March 2013
I've uploaded the slides of my CEDIC 2013 presentation about timelapses of the night sky.


23 March 2013
Here are some of the latest image of comet PanSTARRS.
Synchronic bands in comet PanSTARRS
21 March 2013
Sodium tail in comet PanSTARRS
15 March 2013
PanSTARRS setting above Alps (200 mm)
15 March 2013
PanSTARRS setting above Alps (50 mm)
15 March 2013

13 March 2013
Here is the test on the stars of one of the best, cheapest and most widespread lenses for landscape photography, very useful also for night sky panoramas and timelapses.
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8
ED AS IF UMC
for Canon EOS

9 March 2013
This colorful area is 2° at north of Bellatrix, in Orion..
Sh2-265 and VdB 38
5 March 2013
My latest timelapse made in the Alpine lakes and Appenine mountains. First released at CEDIC 2013 conference in Linz, Austria.

Subject: Ice in the Night
Notes: imaged in the Alps and Appenines, with both sunsets and night sky TL, some with dolly and panning heads.
Date: 5-11-26 Jan, 8-9 Feb 2013
Location: Lake Como, Lake Varese, Pian dell'Armą, Italy
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, 60D, 350D
Sensitivity: mostly 1600-3200 ISO at night
Lenses: Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sigma 20 mm f/1.8, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8, Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3, Canon 50 mm f/1.8
Exposure: bulb ramping with ML or fixed 25 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264

16 February 2013
A very fast asteroid moving up to 0.8 °/min!!
2012 DA14 asteroid flyby
6 February 2013
A very interesting field rich in small galaxies of various shapes.
Abell 1367
20 January 2013
First light of my new (used) SBIG STL-11000 CCD: for this I've chosen this faint nebula in Orion.
LDN1622 The Boogie Man nebula
9 January 2013
Here is a very interesting field just 2° West of the Cone nebula, Monoceros, with blue and dark nebulas.
IC 2169 and 446
2 January 2013
AI've tested another camera by means of gain and read noise (and more). This is the first Nikon that I test and I was really impressed, negatively. Read the test for the reasons.
31 December 2012
Added a new time lapse gathered in the autumnal observing fields. Be sure to view at FULL SCREEN, at 1080p quality and with audio on.

Subject: Autumnal Nights
Notes: my first trial with 16:9 crop
Date:  16-18 Nov and 8 Dec 2012
Location: Bogli and Campo dei Fiori, Italy
Camera: Canon EOS 350D and 60D
Sensitivity: mostly 1600 ISO at night
Lenses: Sigma 20 mm f/1.8, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8, Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3
Exposure: bulb ramping with ML or fixed 25 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli


4 December 2012
A new lens has been tested, and the results are really incredible, with pinpoints I've never seen on a commercial lens.

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM II

1 December 2012
A new article about "do it yourself" of heating strips for dew removal.

DIY dew remover

6 September 2012
Added the time lapse video gathered at Colle dell'Agnello 2012. Be sure to view at FULL SCREEN, at 1080p quality and with audio on.

Subject: Alpine Sky - a week of night and day time lapses made at Colle dell'Agnello
Date:  18-25 August 2012
Location: Colle dell'Agnello, Italy
Camera: Canon IXUS 220HS with CHDK, EOS 350D
Sensitivity: 1600 ISO at night
Objective: 11 mm f/2.8
Exposure: AV or 25 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli


13 August 2012
Added two telephoto images from Namibia 2011, obtained with a 180 mm lens and 5D mod.
Pipe Nebula
B228, the Dark Wolf

8 August 2012
Added a new article about the test of the new Canon 60Da.


English: Canon EOS 60Da: the return in astrophotography
Italiano: Il ritorno ufficiale di Canon nell'astrofotografia si chiama EOS 60Da

An image obtained with 60Da: the nebula NGC 7380 in Cepheus
NGC 7380 in Cepheus


27 July 2012
Added a new article: Using old Canon EOS DSLRs on Windows7 64-bit with Windows XP Mode


30 June 2012
A new deep sky image obtained with the new 10Micron GM1000 HPS mount.
LBN 468 in Cepheus

30 April 2012
Two new images from the Namibian experience, in the neighborhoods of the Large Magellanic Cloud: the Tarantula and the Dragon's Head.
Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070)
Dragon's Head and neighborhoods

25 April 2012
In this page I've collected an introduction to the wonderful trip to Namibia, of August 2011, where I've seen by far the best night sky of my life. Many different media are shown: article, images, time-lapse and diurnal shots. Enjoy.
Namibia 2011: under the Namibian sky

10 April 2012
Here is the report of my last imaging effort, chasing the northern lights in Norway. Look at the images, time-lapse and diurnal shots.
Norway 2012: chasing the northern lights

27 March 2012
The last new Moon trip on the mountains was devoted to the "run" of a photographic Messier marathon:
Photographic Messier Marathon

28 Jan 2012
Added a new deep sky image:
IC 405, Flaming Star nebula

22 Jan 2012
Added two wide field images from the Namibian trip:
All-Sky with Galactic Center at zenith
All-Sky with Gegenschein, Zodiacal Band
and Milky Way on the horizon


16 Jan 2012
Added a new timelapse:

Subject: Polaris star trails - January 2011
Date:  1-2 January 2011
Location: Tradate (VA), Italy, 305 m height, my light polluted home.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Sensitivity: 200 ISO
Objective: Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 closed at 4
Exposure: 60 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli


3 Jan 2012
Added two new time lapses: the first is a "first light" for my homemade dolly system, able to add a new "dimension" to the night sky time lapses. The second one was lost on my hard drive for more than an year.


Subject: Bogli, December 2011 - first trial with a dolly!
Date:  27-28-29 Dec 2011
Location: Bogli, Italian Apennines, 1350 m height
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Sensitivity: 1600 ISO
Objective: Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 at 3.2
Exposure: 30 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli


Subject: Pian dell'Armą, December 2010
Date:  10-11-12 Dec 2010
Location: Pian dell'Armą, Italian Apennines, 1450 m height
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Sensitivity: 1600 ISO
Objective: Peleng 8 mm f/3.5
Exposure: 60 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli



24 December 2011
Added a new image and video of the expedition to Bogli in Nov 2011:
LBN 777, Vulture Head nebula


Subject: Bogli, November 2011
Date:  25-26-27 Nov 2011
Location: Bogli, Italian Apennines, 1350 m height
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Sensitivity: 1600 ISO
Objective: Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 at 3.2
Exposure: 30 s
Formats: Youtube -
MP4 H264
Author: Lorenzo Comolli

27 November 2011
After months of processing efforts, here is the result of 250 hours of efective exposures with time-lapse imaging under 10 nights under the pristine sky of Namibia Tivoli Farm. Please consider to look only when you have 13 minutes of full relax, and enjoy it at full screen 1080p.

Subject: Under the Namibian Sky - The Movie
Date:  24 August - 3 Sept 2011
Location: Tivoli Farm, Namibia, 1350 m heigth
Camera: Canon EOS 350D mod (2x), 5D mod and others
Sensitivity: mainly 1600 ISO
Objective: 8 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm, 18-200 mm (see inside)
Exposure: from 30 to 60 s

Formats: Youtube - MP4 H264
Processing and editing: Lorenzo Comolli
Images:
Lorenzo Comolli, Luigi Fontana, Giosuč Ghioldi, Emmanuele Sordini

20 November 2011
I'm happy to publish online a first product of the Namibia 2011 expedition. This is a huge effort both of imaging and processing, a mosaic of 7 panes.
The Galactic Center


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