Last month, Discover Magazine and Celestron telescopes
partnered for the second annual Capture the Universe astrophotography contest
. Astronomers submitted about a hundred images made using Celestron optics for the contest, and I was chosen to pick my favorite two; a third was picked as Viewers' Choice by the members of the Celestron website. All of the photos submitted are available at the CelestronImages site
The gallery here on my blog shows the three winners, as well as seven more images I picked as Runners up; there are no prizes for that, but they do get the admiration of the people who see them. And all these pictures are admirable indeed.
As with last year, picking these pictures was very difficult, but I think you'll agree that they are all amazing, and do what astronomical imagery must do: show us the beauty of the skies above us.