Oakhill, Somerset UK
8″ Meade LX90 telescope. Alpy 600 spectroscope from Shelyak. Atik 314L mono camera. Images processed in RSpec to synthesise the colour spectra used in the composition.
I created a new ‘star’ from some of my astronomical spectra including (clockwise from the top) Barnard’s Star, AG Pegasi, Vega, Shelyak, S Monocerotis, Wolf-Rayet WR133, The Sun, and 28 Tauri. By carefully spreading starlight into a rainbow with a spectroscope a fingerprint of dark or bright lines appears. A magical world of chemistry and motion is revealed, unmasking binary stars, gas clouds and explosions. And it’s all within easy reach for amateur astronomers!