Celestial photography
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                                                Moonrise on the Mediterranean
               (Picture published on APOD: Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2009 June 20th)

I took this picture from my balcony in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The early evening light and the effects caused by atmospheric refraction led to this amazing image of a pink, misshapen moon, a bit like a monstrous face, looking down on us with two dark spots for its eyes.
                           Green flash on the sun
This picture was taken in the morning on December 10th, 2009. It shows a bright green flash on the sun. Such a picture requires an unobstructed horizon, a very clear sky and a bit of luck ! Click here for detail
                          The "rings" of the sun
October 26th, 2009. A very thin cloud gave the sun this strange "saturnian" aspect !
                               Dawn colours
December 9th, 2009. The sky's gradual changes in hue lent a serene aspect to this dawn.
              Corsica island seen from Nice
December 2nd, 2009. Thanks to a very clear atmosphere, Corsica's mountainous profile, as seen from the continent, is sharply outlined against the sky. Almost 200 km away, such views of Corsica are rare and happen more often in winter.
                Corsica mountains during daytime
December 9th, 2009. Such visibility during daytime is very rare. Watch for the snowy summits!
                               Comet Austin
May 3rd, 1990, taken with the 520 mm Newton telescope of Puimichel observatory (Alpes de Haute Provence, France). 30 minutes exposure on Kodak TP 2415 H. Picture published in "Ciel et Espace" and  "Astro-Ciel".
                          The Milky Way
August 1990, in Vosges mountains, France. One hour exposure on Kodak TP 2415 H, camera  Olympus OM1, lens 1,4/50 mm Zuiko. America, Pelican and Veils nebulas are easily visible, along with numerous star clusters. Picture published in "Astro-Ciel".
                             Moon eclipse
February 20th, 2008, in Montréal, Canada., taken from my window. Above the moon, from left to right, one can see the brilliant star Regulus and the planet Saturn.

   I have been taking pictures since I was a child. I am attracted by the aesthetic and the unusual, which may be found in any kind of topic, whether it’s an object, a situation, or a specific light. My fascination with the night sky and the stars finds a particularly exciting outlet in photography, for you to judge on the basis of the pictures below.

  The arrival of digital techniques has been a great improvement for astronomical photography. Nevertheless I wanted to show some relatively old pictures here as well that were taken using methods hardly in use nowadays, with negative films and print-outs on paper.


  Unless otherwise noted, I took the landscape pictures with a Nikon D300 camera equipped with an AFS Nikkor 18-200 GED lens, the older astronomical pictures with various Newton telescopes on Kodak TP2415 negative film, and the recent digital astronomical pictures with a Celestron 8 telescope on a SkyWatcher EQ6 mount and a Canon 1200D camera.

For pre-processing and processing, I used IRIS and GIMP software.
                     Crepuscular conjunction
July 5th, 2008, in the evening. A thin Moon crescent was punctuating a nice alignment with, from left to right:  Saturn, Mars and the bright star Regulus in Lion. Taken along the Saint Lawrence river, Montréal, Canada.  
            Twilight with earthshine on the moon
Thin crescent of Moon showing the "earthshine" on the moon, this nice grey part is visible at the beginning and at the end of every lunar month. July 2008, along the Saint Lawrence river, Montréal, Canada.
                      Meeting at the summit...
An intriguing picture taken on Jacques Cartier square, Montréal, Canada, in October 2008. While the man meditates on the moon, the bird meditates on another bird !
                Andromeda Galaxy M31
Our neighbour in the Universe! It is the only galaxy which can be seen with the naked eye, 2 millions light-years away! Newton telescope 150/750, exposure 50 minutes on Kodak TP 2415H, Puimichel observatory, September 1989. Picture published in "Astro-Ciel"
 
                     Brorsen-Metcalf Comet
Taken on July 1st, 1989, at Puimichel observatory, with a 520 mm Newton telescope, exposure 10 minutes on Kodak TP 2415H. Maybe the most beautiful comet of the year, with a spectacularly thin tail. Awarded with the "Ciel et Espace" Prize, December 1989.
                      Moon quarter
Taken on May 1990 with a 102 mm Fluorite refractor. Small quality refractors are especially suitable for precise planet observations.
                    « Happiness is the highest form of contemplation »
                                                                                 
Aristotle
Globular cluster M 13 - Hercules July   2015 - Newton 250 mm
Canon 1000D unfiltered
Globular cluster M 2 - Aquarius August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Globular cluster M 15 - Pegasus August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Eagle Nebula M 16 - Serpens  
August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Nebula  M 17 Omega - Sagittarius   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Nebula M 20 Trifid - Sagittarius   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
M 27 Dumbell Nebula - Vulpecula   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Globular cluster M 22 - Sagittarius August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Galaxy   M 33 - Triangulum   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
M 57 Nebula - Lyra   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Globular cluster M 71 - Sagitta August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Galaxy   M 82 - Ursa Major   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Globular cluster M 92 - Hercules August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Galaxy   M 101 - Ursa Major   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Galaxy  NGC 891 - Andromeda   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
Galaxy  NGC 5907 - Draco   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
"Saturn" Nebula NGC 7009 - Aquarius   August 2015 - Celestron 8
Canon 1200D unfiltered
            The Sun in H-Alpha    
August 17th, 2014 - PST Coronado
Canon 6D   1/160 s
Double star Albireo - Cygnus   August 2014 - Celestron 8
Canon 1000D
The Sky in its entirety - Milky Way
August 2014 - Canon 6D -  Fish Eye
Andromeda Galaxy appears at bottom right
Veil Nebula and Open cluster NGC 6940  
Cygnus
August 2014 - Canon 6D - 135 mm
   Milky Way - Sagittarius area   
August 2014 - Canon 6D - 135 mm
Double Cluster and Heart Nebula - Perseus  
August 2014 - Canon 6D - 135 mm
America Nebula   NGC 7000 - Cygnus
August 2014 - Canon 6D - 135 mm
             Gibbous Moon
       August 2014 - Celestron 8
       Canon 1000D