By RORY SCHULER
Lucas “Luke” Maguire spends a lot of time in his Johnston garden.
He enjoys both stars and photography. One day, he decides to combine his passions.
“As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by what lies above us and the night sky, but I also had a great passion for photography growing up and I loved graphic design in high school, ”he said. “In early 2019 I started taking my DSLR camera and mounting it on my refractor telescope and taking pictures of the moon, but there was this constant voice in my head wanting more.”
Like most space explorers, Maguire wanted to go further.
“I jumped into the world of astrophotography head first and over time built a deep sky imaging telescope,” Maguire said. “I use this telescope to image the wonders of the cosmos from my garden in Johnston.”
The 29-year-old wants to share his supernatural images with the world.
His stunning images will appear on the pages of Beacon Communications publications on a semi-regular basis.
“I would love to broadcast my images,” Maguire said.
Beacon Communications plans to help him showcase the art he captures in his backyard. .
“Thank you and clear skies,” he said as he signed after sending us his first submission, an image of the Rosetta Nebula (NGC 2244).
“The Rosetta Nebula is a region of hydrogen gas located near the Monoceros region of the Milky Way,” Maguire said. “It stretches 65 light years and is approximately 5,219 light years from our Earth.”
Capturing the beauty of deep space can be much more complicated than just point and shoot.
“I photographed this target in my garden and stacked 45 individual images that were exposed for 300 seconds, making a total integration time of 3 hours and 45 minutes,” explained Maguire. “I used software called Pixinsight to bring out all the cloudiness and detail on the target.”
Maguire’s photograph can also be found on his Instagram account @oceanstateastro and his Twitter feed @OceanStateAstro.