Over in the forums , Paul LeFevre of southern California goes by the name “Astroimager” for obvious reasons. Paul’s “hobby” is astrophotography. And when we save “hobby” we mean it! As if building his own custom telescopes wasn’t enough, he’s even built an observatory in his hilltop home!

Paul has been kind enough to share his astrophotography tips for us mere mortals on several occasions, Check out:

• How-To: Astrophotography 101

• My Project

• Imaging the brightest Supernova Ever

But when it comes right down to it, Paul LeFevre is lightyears ahead of most of us when it comes to deep space imaging, as this recent post in the Reader’s Gallery shows. Over 24 hours of capture time. And then more than 100 hours in the digital darkroom to make this deep-space masterpiece!
—Jack Howard
Online Technology Editor