Bright Stars Photo Gallery

The photo gallery below is a project to image the brightest stars in the sky (50 Brightest Stars Catalog). The stars are located at such extraordinarily large distances from the Solar System that the light from them takes tens to hundreds of years to reach us. At these vast distances (usually measured in light years or parsecs), none of the stars show visible disks with amateur-size telescopes. Even with largest professional telescopes, special techniques must be employed to resolve the disks of these distant suns.

Nevertheless, the images in this photo gallery are useful in showing the relative appearance of the brightest stars to each other as well as to the star fields they appears against as seen from Earth.

Most of the images were made using the Takahashi Epsilon 180 Hyperbolic Astrograph and a Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i (modified with a Baader UV/IR filter). This combination offers a wide field of view (1.7° x 2.65°) with excellent resolution (1.8 arc-sec per pixel). The resulting images show each star in its surrounding environment and at a fixed image scale. Since some Southern Hemipshere stars are not visible from the 32° latitude of Bifrost Observatory, they have been imaged with smaller more portable equipment during trips south of the Equator.

This page will be updated periodically until all 50 Brightest Stars have been imaged.

    

Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.


Sirius-01
Sirius
Alp CMa
1

Canopus-01
Canopus
Alp Car
2

RigelKent-01
Rigil Kent.
Alp Cen
3

Arcturus-01
Arcturus
Alp Boo
4

Vega-01
Vega
Alp Lyr
5

Capella-01
Capella
Alp Aur
6

Rigel-01
Rigel
Bet Ori
7

Procyon-01
Procyon
Alp CMi
8

Betelgeuse-01
Betelgeuse
Alp Ori
9

none-01
Achernar
Alp Eri
10

none-01
Hadar
Bet Cen
11

Altair-01
Altair
Alp Aql
12

none-01
Acrux
Alp Cru
13

Aldebaran-01
Aldebaran
Alp Tau
14

Spica-01
Spica
Alp Vir
15

Antares-01
Antares
Alp Sco
16

Pollux-01
Pollux
Bet Gem
17

Fomalhaut-01
Fomalhaut
Alp PsA
18

Deneb-01
Deneb
Alp Cyg
19

none-01
Mimosa
Bet Cru
20

Regulus-01
Regulus
Alp Leo
21

Adhara-01
Adhara
Eps CMa
22

Castor-01
Castor
Alp Gem
23

none-01
Gacrux
Gam Cru
24

none-01
Shaula
Lam Sco
25

Bellatrix-01
Bellatrix
Gam Ori
26

Elnath-01
Elnath
Bet Tau
27

none-01
Miaplacidus
Bet Car
28

Alnilam-01
Alnilam
Eps Ori
29

none-01
Alnair
Alp Gru
30

Alnitak-01
Alnitak
Zet Ori
31

none-01
Regor
Gam Vel
32

none-01
Alioth
Eps UMa
33

none-01
Kaus Aust.
Eps Sgr
34

Mirfak-01
Mirfak
Alp Per
35

none-01
Dubhe
Alp UMa
36

none-01
Wezen
Del CMa
37

none-01
Alkaid
Eta UMa
38

none-01
Sargas
The Sco
39

none-01
Avior
Eps Car
40

none-01
Menkalinan
Bet Aur
41

none-01
Atria
Alp TrA
42

none-01
Koo She
Del Vel
43

none-01
Alhena
Gam_Gem
44

none-01
Peacock
Alp Pav
45

Polaris-01
Polaris
Alp UMi
46

none-01
Mirzam
Bet CMa
47

none-01
Alphard
Alp Hya
48

none-01
Algieba
Gam Leo
49

none-01
Hamal
Alp Ari
50

Algol-01
Algol
Bet Per
60

MizarAlcor-01
Mizar
Zet UMa
70

Mintaka-01
Mintaka
Del Ori
73



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