Deep Sky


by behyar
Once a month when the moon is in its new phase so it is darkest at night a group of us go out of town to image the night sky. Our favorite spots are the Anza-Borrego desert and the Palomar Mountains in Southern California. We image different types of objects including planets, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and comets. Astrophotography as a hobby has advanced greatly in recent years since amateurs now have access to better telescopes and specialized astronomical cameras. These extremely sensitive cameras are b&w but are used in conjunction with a set of filters to produce color pictures. This is a collection of my images from the last couple of years. For more images you can visit -- Behyar Bakhshandeh


Speechless! Only if Jesus, moses, and Moe had see these!

by obama on

They might have changed their minds. They are all mind blowing photos. My favorite is No.15! Are you sure you took these photos? I am sure, you are, but it is hard to beleive an amature atronomer can capture these.

How often do you get to see any of these stars shown here? How about if you go on top of mount wilson with one of your equipments, can you still see like this?

Thank you for showing me another way to spend my time than blogging here!

Darius Kadivar

Stardust:Our Troubles seem So insignificant in comparison ...

by Darius Kadivar on

And Yet ...

Fantastic Photos !

Thanks for Sharing ....

Stardust - Nat "King" Cole :



Great pictures.  I added

by babrazi on

Great pictures.  I added your website to my favorites!!! 



by behyar on

Yes Ari that was a supernova that went off in July of 2005. There is a site that reports them and you usualy only have a few days to catch it before they are too dim to see.



by kfravon on

fantastic ... what a trip!

thank you for sharing behyar jan...


Pure elation

by Monda on

Your images can literally quiet the mind, while preparing it for a trance into the intriguing joyful space that life can be.  Thank you Behyar for this most beautiful share - both meditative and energizing.



Look like Hubble images!

by Rastgoo on

Incredible imagery.  I never knew that you could take such nice pics from your backyard with commercial telescopes.  These look like Hubble images!  Fantastic job!

Ari Siletz

Fantastic images. And a question.

by Ari Siletz on

Many thanks for these awe inspring images. I checked out your website and saw this interesting image sequence of a galaxy. Is what we're seeing a sun that went nova sometime between July 2004 and July 2005?


Thanks for sharing

by ziaian on

Thank you so much, Behyar, for sharing these beautiful images of who we are and where we live.

Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian


Fantastic photos, in my

by Bavafa on

Fantastic photos, in my mountaineering days on the moonless nights we could see millions of stars at night and it was absolutely gorgeous, not to mention being high on the mountain tops was also just a great feeling. Thanks for the pix, brought great memories back.



Equipment used

by behyar on

I have used a series of different telescopes from Takahashi and Celestron and couple of cameras from SBIG.  On the website have I listed the specific telescope and camera used for each picture:

Peter Pan

Stupid me...Great Star Trek© of yours

by Peter Pan on

I did not know you can capture deep space images from your backyard. I thought the Hubble® has been built, and sent out for that purpose. And I have heard that colors are sort of scientist-arstist rendition.

People say things...



by Ferfereh on

Amazing photos . Can you let us know which telescope and camera have you used ? Thanks for sharing

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

Fantastic.. wonderful... Wanna be there, you know where... !

Thank you .

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Behyar, these are so amazing. Absolutely fantastic. You're a personal Hubble telescope! I have to join you on one of your star gazing outings.

Nothing turns me on like images of deep space. So much to be discovered. Infinite...