Story By: Alex Cope, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A photographer has stunned the internet with these incredible pictures of outer space taken with a homemade photo telescope system he built in his mum’s garden shed.
The garden shed has even been equipped with a roof that opens up to get a good view of the night skies and the structure has rain sensors that automatically close the roof if they detect approaching rain.
Picture Credits: CEN/Adam Jesionkiewicz
Graphic designer Adam Jesionkiewicz, 45, has built his own observatory on the property where his parents live which is in Masovian Province near the Polish capital, Warsaw.
Jesionkiewicz uses a professional telescope, that he assembled himself using specialist parts, to take stunning photos of outer space, with one image showing the Andromeda galaxy, which neighbours our Milky Way and is some 2.5 million light years away. That picture was taken in Poland.
The photo is so clear that cosmic gases can even be spotted.
Jesionkiewicz pics include one of the NGC 6188 nebula which he has named ‘The Creation of the Cosmos’ as he sees the colour palette as resembling the colour palette from Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’.
The graphic designer has been photographing outer space for 15 years but is now beginning to sell his pieces after receiving a “surprising” amount of demand when he posted them on social media.
He is now selling the photos for up to 465 EUR (420 GBP) a piece and has launched a website to promote his work.
Jesionkiewicz will also travel to Africa later this year with his special equipment to take more photos and says he hopes one day to create an observatory in Chile.
He told Central European News (CEN): “For good quality pictures you need low humidity and a high altitude. There, in South Africa, I have a perfect spot at 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) above sea level with humidity around 10 percent. The southern sky is different, invisible from the northern hemisphere, it’s more spectacular.
“The centre of the milky way (our galaxy) is high in the zenith and almost invisible to us. A lack of light pollution means the original blackness of the sky. The lack of civilisation affects it. In Europe, there are no such places anymore.”
“I can only say that the cost of such an observatory is several hundred thousands of PLN but… today a similar class of photos can be made with much cheaper equipment – thanks to the hardware revolution from China (and formerly mainly from the USA).”
Jesionkiewicz added: “Pictures from South Africa were taken with a smaller and transportable equipment worth around 20,000 PLN (4,000 GBP).
The works can be purchased at www.astrography.pl