Amateur in comparison to the European Space Agency's millions, that is, not to you and I who don't have $15,000 to spend on home photography set-ups. But which of these space shots is the amateur—can you tell?

Alright, I'll give you the answer. On the left is ESA's composite photo of the Andromeda Galaxy, taken on the Herschel infrared space telescope and the XMM-Newton, and on the right is Brit Steve Loughran's snap of the very same formation, taken from his garden in Cambridgeshire with a refrigerated digital camera to speed it up, and three lenses varying from 60mm - 190mm.


Loughran's got some incredible space photos up on his site, which will just make you salivate with jealousy over his skill (and equipment). [Steve Loughran via Daily Mail and Discover - Thanks, Christopher!]