To enhance our amateurs’ abilities of astro-observation and astrophotography, to stimulate the public’s imagination and creativity, and to better feel the beauty of the stars, universe and science. We have the ASIWEEK ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY now. We sincerely invite global astronomers and photographers to participate.

Here are the fantastic works from the 37th edition of 2019 ASIWEEK ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. Let’s take a look!

It is Kong Yangshik and his target Shark Nebula captured with ZWO ASI1600MM that won the championship.


The winning entry:

Photographer: Kong Yangshik

Target: Shark Nebula SharkNebula-ZWO-ASI1600MM

Equipment: ZWO ASI1600MM, FSQ106, EQ6r-pro, OAG

There is no sea on Earth large enough to contain the Shark nebula. This predator apparition poses us no danger, though, as it is composed only of interstellar gas and dust. Dark dust like that featured here is somewhat like cigarette smoke and created in the cool atmospheres of giant stars.


Entries from other photographers:

Photographer: Eduardo Schaberger Poupeau

Target: the Moon and ISS


Equipment: ZWO ASI183MC Pro, Sky Watcher Esprit 120

Lunar transit of the International Space Station on September 2, 2019 at 02:23 PM local time. Photography taken from Rafaela in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.


Photographer: George C. Lutch

Target: M33


Equipment: ZWO ASI1600MM, ZWO ASIASI290MM mini, Tele Vue NP101is, TeleVue LCL-1069 Large Field Corrector, Explore Scientific/Losmandy G11

M33 is also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, it is a spiral galaxy 2.73 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, behind the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with the naked eye.


Photographer: Yat Sze

Target: IC 5070


Equipment: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro, William Optics Z81 APO 80/0.8x560mm

IC 5070 is also known as the Pelican Nebula, it is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. The Pelican Nebula is located nearby first magnitude star Deneb, and is divided from its more prominent neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.


Photographer: Jordan Ragsdale

Target: NGC 7380


Equipment: ZWO ASI183MM Pro, Astro-Telescopes 6″ f/5.9 Achromat

NGC 7380 is also known as the Wizard Nebula, it is an open cluster discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787. William Herschel included his sister’s discovery in his catalog, and labelled it H VIII.77. It is also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.


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