Learn How to Shoot the Sky Like the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Winners

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While each of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards photos are mind-blowingly good, the context surrounding each photo is perhaps even more interesting. From equipment used, to how they'd reshoot given half a chance, it's a fascinating look sky-wards.

In the gallery below you can see how the overall winner of the Royal Observatory's competition shot his "Blazing Bristlecone" snap, along with the deep space and solar system category-winners, and even how the 14-year-old Indian winner of the young astronomer category took his photo of an eclipse with a seven-year-old 3.2MP Nikon camera.

The photos are on display between the 10th of September and 27th of February at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. [Digital Journal of PhotographyThanks, Life, Panoramic!]

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I had never really seen a truly dark sky except for once several years ago on a dive boat, and even then it wasn't great. I just got back from a cruise and for the first time saw the magnificence of the Milky Way. I snapped this while onboard a moving cruise ship so it's not very good but it still amazes me to have actually seen it in person—one day I'll have to go somewhere to take some decent pics.