When it comes to beauty, India is best known for its bright colours and vibrancy, but under the cover of night the nation takes on a whole new majesty.

For the past two years, Navaneeth Unnikrishnan has been capturing the beauty of the universe from his home in Kerala State.

“In India there are a lot of dark skies, especially the Himalayan region that has one of the best skies in the world.”

Navanneth’s favourite galactic objects to photograph are comets and nebulae.

“Nebulae are interesting pieces of art by the universe.”

Long captivated by space, Navaneeth always thought the only way to observe deep space was through high-end telescopes in observatories. He was completely unaware of the world of astrophotography until a little long-exposure experimentation with the Milky Way in his backyard had him hooked.

“Astrophotography is imaging the beauty of the universe that we don’t get to witness with our naked eyes,” says Navaneeth.

“Technically we are imaging the past, the light that was emitted millions of years ago.”

Navaneeth says astrophotography is one of the most technically challenging forms of photography. Every stage must be perfect, from tracking to focus, from exposure to processing the image.

For budding astrophotographers, Navaneeth recommends joining an astronomy club to gain a basic understanding of the night sky.

Try to master the technical aspects of using your camera in manual mode and for those who can’t afford a costly tracking mount, wide-angle lenses are a great alternative.

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