Eta Carina (Narrow Band)

Astrophotography isn't a field you hear about every day; it takes patience, precision and dedication to produce stunning images.

In July 2010, the Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) hosted a competition inviting entries from photographers and astronomers. The following photographs were all entered into the David Malin Awards, named after Australia's most prestigious astrophotographer, David Malin.

The 2010 competition had six categories, ranging from Deep Sky, Solar System to video. Images and videos were judged on the basis of artistic merit and their ability to capture the "intrinsic interest of astronomy".

To see more of these images, head to the 2010 CWAS Astrophotography competition page.

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Photo by: Luke Dodd / Caption by:

Celestial Fireworks

Overall winner

Exposure: Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor (telescope). SBIG STL-11000M 35mm CCD camera @ 16 hours

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Photo by: Jason Jennings / Caption by:

Near and Far

The Corona Australis Nebula and NGC 6723

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Photo by: Marcus Davies / Caption by:

New Moon Occults the Pleiades

Winner of the Solar System: Wide Field category

Exposure: Canon 1000D unmodified prime focus through an Orion ED80 refractor on tracking EQ5 mount. ISO 400 @ 8 seconds

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Photo by: Vincent Miu / Caption by:

Murray River Moonrise

Exposure: Nikon D3s, Tokina 12-24mm lens, 17mm, f/4, 3200 ISO @ 15 sec with minor adjustments in Photoshop

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Photo by: Wayne England / Caption by:

A Scrum in Space

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Photo by: Tim Carruthers / Caption by:

Long Jetty Under Moonlight

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Photo by: Mike Salway / Caption by:

The Green Visitor

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Photo by: Richard Higby / Caption by:

Witch's Head Nebula — IC2118

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Photo by: Max Kilmister / Caption by:
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