top of page

Messier 82, 20cm SCT.

10 min exposure in magnitude 3.5 skies, no filters.

S&T Feb 2020 - Cover Icon.jpg

Want To Image in Heavy Light-Pollution?  I'll Show You How.

Astronomers want dark skies for deep-sky astro-photography. However, most of us live in or near light-polluted urban areas and simply don't have them. What to do?


For some of us our solution is to travel to dark skies but this is usually only a few times a year as it can be difficult, time-consuming and even expensive. Some of us simply aren't able to travel so freely.  And then there are the many of us who simply don't bother with urban astronomy at all figuring, “What's the point?”. Meanwhile, we ignore the light-polluted but still clear skies right over our urban heads. Why?


Exploring this astronomy website will show you that rewarding deep-sky astro-imaging can be done in heavily light-polluted city locations.  You can do it right from the comfort of your light-polluted city home or even from an enclosed inner-city apartment balcony and largely without any filters.  Find out how right here.


Still unsure?  Check out my light-polluted astronomy images in the menu above and decide for yourself.

Or read my February 2020 Sky & Telescope magazine article on this same subject...

Imaging Nine Floors Up


​Clear Skies,



This Website is an Astro-Imaging Reference for Big City Light-Pollution

Toronto City Skyline.jpg

Big City Astro-Photography Can Be Done.

Read, Learn, Do....

Rate This Imaging SitePainfulNeeds HelpIt's OKGoodStellarRate This Imaging Site

Interested in the science of SETI?  Visit my newly expanded Drake Equation at... Are We Alone?


Using calculators you can input your own values to calculate the number of possible ascension species, or even Earth-like planets in our galaxy. It will even calculate their estimated distances from Earth in light-years.

You'll find it at.... Are We Alone?

The White Zone

An Urban Astronomer's Light Pollution Guide to Balcony Imaging

bottom of page