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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken its fair share of amazing photos. Perhaps one of the most iconic, however, is his capture of Hubble’s 1995 Pillars of Creation photo. The photo, which features one of the most detailed images of the Eagle Nebula, is a powerhouse showcasing the sheer beauty of space.
Part of what made the image so stunning was that it just wasn’t possible to capture such detail in advance. In fact, the NASA image required a $16 billion telescope to capture. But what if someone could take a similar photo from their backyard? Well, astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy did just that.
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These photos of the Pillars of Creation were taken in someone’s backyard
The Pillars of Creation are absolutely magnificent. Originally captured in 1995 using the Hubble Space Telescope, the image is of a distinct region of the Eagle Nebula. This region, according to NASA, exhibits the formation of new stars. We’ve seen similar displays in other nebulae, but none have stood out as much as the photos of the Pillars of Creation shared by NASA.
Being able to recreate something so iconic in your garden may seem impossible. But, Andrew McCarthy apparently captures a few photos of the Pillars of Creation. According to a report on DIY photography, McCarthy captures the mainstays quite frequently. Plus, he says it’s actually a very accessible target to shoot from the ground.
McCarthy says he used a 12-inch 1200mm Newtonian telescope to capture the photos of the Pillars of Creation. He paired this telescope with his asi1600mm astronomy camera, as well as SHO filters. Then, when editing the image, he removed all the stars to make the pillars stand out even more.
Recapture an icon
Recapturing such an iconic image as the Pillars of Creation photo is just one of the many inspiring things McCarthy has done recently. The astrophotographer, who shares my cosmic background on social media, has made a name for himself capturing some of the most detailed astronomy images I’ve ever seen. In fact, he is even on the shortlist of Astronomer Photographers of the Year 2022.
In the past, we’ve seen it capture amazing photos of the Sun that are absolutely packed with detail. It is clear from his way of working that capturing astronomy photographs means something to him. And, he has quite an eye for some of the best shots.
While McCarthy’s rendition of the iconic Pillars of Creation photo isn’t quite as detailed, it does show that you don’t need $16 billion and the backing of NASA to take a few iconic looks at the most beautiful encounters of the universe.
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