This website is dedicated to my passion for astrophotography, the Night Sky and Sir Patrick Moore who was and remains my inspiration so here I present and share with you my passion of the skies and Deep Space images.
I hope you enjoy your visit and if you have any questions please send me an email from my contact page. For those of you who are visiting here for the very first time. I have captured all of these images from my backyard observatory in Fremont Michigan, not from somewhere in Australia as the "downunder" name suggests, I apologize for any confusion.
In my youth I spent many nights viewing the glory of the southern night skies from the remote outback of Australia where the light pollution is minimal and the Milky Way so bright it would cast a shadow.
Astrophotography by Terry Hancock
© Terry Hancock 2013. Use of any of my images without my permission except for personal use is prohibited.
Some Recently Published Images
Explore The Virgo Cluster. Astronomy Magazine May 2015 Live large this month as you observe some of the biggest objects in the universe.
text by Michael E. Bakich; image by Terry Hancock
May is a great time to observe galaxies in the evening sky. The densest part of the Milky Way (in Scorpius and Sagittarius) hasn’t risen high yet, so intervening dust and gas won’t impede your view of the star cities that lie in the distance. You’ll find lots of the Northern Hemisphere’s spring galaxies in the constellations Ursa Major, Leo, and Canes Venatici, but the thickest concentration inhabits Coma Berenices and Virgo. This region marks the center of our local supercluster. Tohelp you navigate this region, we’ve prepared this guide based on the terrific image sent in by Terry Hancock of Fremont, Michigan. Even a 4-inch telescope under a dark sky will reveal the brightest galaxies shown. Bigger scopes will disclose more. Explore the Virgo Cluster Michael E. Bakich is a senior editor of Astronomy. Terry Hancock is an avid astroimager who collects photons from Fremont, Michigan.
original mage here http://nova.astrometry.net/annotated_full/774994
......thanks to Michael & all at Astronomy Magazine
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Astronomy Magazine May 2015
The Sagittarius region near our galaxy’s center contains many nebulae, but few rise to the splendor of the Lagoon Nebula (M8, right of center) and the Trifid Nebula (M20, upper left of center). Terry Hancock/Fred Herrmann
Thanks Michael and all at Astronomy Magazine
Sky and Telescope May 2015 "Soulmates: IC1805 and IC1848"
Sky and Telescope May 2015 "Sisters Dressed In Lace" This is the Collaboration I did with Kim Quick of Florida
Tour Of Gamma Cygni
Published on space.com http://www.space.com/29449-vivid-gamma-cygni-region-captured-by-astrophotographer-video.html
The Gamma Cygni/Sadr Region, named after the central star Sadr/Gamma Cygni the central star of Cygnus's Cross surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae and part of the much larger Cygnus Molecular Cloud.
I did a volunteer tele conference/tutorial on processing in CCDStack and post processing in photoshop for a group of students at the Edinburo University Of Pennsylvania. The Chairman of their Joseph T. Buba Physics and Technology and observatory kindly sent me a certificate of appreciation.