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Shooting the Stars from the Most Light-Polluted Country in the World

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Singapore is known to be the most light-polluted city on Earth, so it’s not exactly the go-to destination for astrophotography. But there are talented astrophotographers working on the island city-state, and this 3-minute documentary titled “Galactic Paint” is about one of them.

Made by Singapore-based documentary storyteller Ong Kah Jing of OKJ Works, the film features amateur photographer Ivan Bok.

The stars may be shrouded by the city lights in a place like Singapore, but Bok overcomes this by capturing multiple hours of light over multiple nights from his low-rise balcony window and then piecing the imagery together into clear views of galactic wonders.

Here’s a selection of photos Bok has made:

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The Eagle Nebula (M16) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Serpens. At the heart of the nebula lies the famous "Pillars of Creation", which are column-like structures with active star formation. Compared to my other narrowband images, this image has a very short total integration of only 3 hours. I've also experimented with a new narrowband mapping scheme using a HOO+SHO blend. Shot from my home at Toa Payoh, Singapore. APM LZOS 130 f/6 @f/4.5, Atik 16200M #astro #astronomy #astrophotography #astroimaging #nebula #stars #star #space #galaxy #telescope #deepsky #milkyway #stargazing #cluster #eaglenebula #m16 #messier #pillarsofcreation #singapore #toapayoh #supernova #hypernova #hubble #nasa

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A Celestial Rose: The Rosette Nebula is an emission nebula located in the constellation of Monoceros. As its name suggests, it bears a striking resemblance to a rose when viewed top-down. Like many other emission nebulae, it derives its strong red hue from the presence of ionised hydrogen, which are also correlated with active star formation. This image is one of the first CCD images which I ever took, and was done in a HOO narrowband bicolour palette. This was shot near my home at Toa Payoh, Singapore, although it was before I began my window astrophotography adventures. Shot with FS60C at f/6.2, ST8300M CCD camera and ZEQ25GT mount. #astro #astronomy #astrophotography #astroimaging #nebula #stars #galaxy #telescope #deepsky #milkyway #stargazing #cluster #NGC2244 #rosettenebula #rose #ccd #monoceros #singapore #toapayoh #cosmos #universe

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You can follow along with Bok’s work on his website, Twitter, and Instagram.

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