Photos: Astrophotographers Capture Stunning Night Sky Views for 2021 Contest

(Image credit: Min Xie / Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13)

Cygnus Loop’s splash of color

“The layers and structures of the Cygnus Loop are so sophisticated,” American photographer Min Xie said of the supernova remnant visible in this “highly praised” image in the 2021 “Stars and Nebulae” category.

“This is an image that every astronomer and astrophotographer wants to see at least once in his life: the entire pure remnant of the supernova Cygnus, cleared of all disturbing elements,” said László Francsics, judge of the competition. “As a result, this iconic and tranquil bubble structure emerges out of the dark, with countless details. This astroimage is a one-of-a-kind photograph.”

Equipment used: Takahashi FSQ-106EDX III telescope with f / 3 0.6x reducer, chromatic filters, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO CP3 mount, ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool camera, Ha-SII-OIII compound, 168 hours of total exposure

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