December 3, 2022

Astrophotographer captures James Webb telescope from 1 million kilometers away

Jason had been following the path of the telescope considering that its launch, and right away thought that he would like to get an image of it. Knowing how far away it was and how faint it would be, he wasnt sure if his devices would be capable of capturing it.

He says the satellite was more easily noticeable in spite of its distance, because of the newly released sunshield. Jason describes it as “a tennis court sheet of reflective aluminum-coated material called Kapton.” He goes on to describe that “the shown sunlight shines like a beacon coming right back to us.”

Guenzel exposed the sky for a total of over 4 hours and was caught utilizing a TPO Ultrawide Telescope, an Astronomik L3 UV/IR cut filter, Deep Sky RGB filters, a Radian Triad Ultra filter, an ASI2600MM Pro video camera, and a Celestron AVX telescope.

Astrophotographer Jason Guenzel captured this amazing picture of the Rosette Nebula with the James Webb telescope en path to its parking orbit. He managed to tape 45 minutes of the telescopes journey through area from no less than 1 million kilometres away (620,000 miles). “Thats 2.5 times further far from the moon,” states Jason, and much more excellent when you realise that hes shooting through a “small backyard telescope.”

To assemble this image, I stacked the luminance data as a “optimal value” stack which renders JWSTs 45 minutes of movement against the background stars and nebulae as a streak of light. Its crazy to see how the largest area exploration tool ever introduced by humans is helplessly dwarfed by the cosmos.
— Jason Guenzel

After a month-long journey, the telescope settled into its final position in area, the L2 Lagrange point. We can look forward to some more spectacular images from it.

In the end, after tracking the journey he saw that the telescope would pass near the large Rosette Nebula. He says “I planned it out and went for it with a widefield telescope to record the entire scene.” And Jason was rewarded with these magnificent images.

You can find more of Jasons amazing images on his site, Twitter, and Instagram

Astrophotographer Jason Guenzel captured this extraordinary image of the Rosette Nebula with the James Webb telescope en route to its parking orbit. He handled to tape-record 45 minutes of the telescopes journey through space from no less than 1 million kilometres away (620,000 miles). “Thats 2.5 times even more away from the moon,” says Jason, and even more remarkable when you understand that hes shooting through a “tiny yard telescope.”

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