Images taken from the local Siding Spring robotic observatory iTelescope.net have won, and been finalists in, a prestigious astro-imaging competition run by the Royal Museums Greenwich. Sebastian Voltmer’s image of Comet C/2013 A1 and Mars (the large image above) took out the Robotic Telescope image first prize. José J. Chambó Bris was a finalist in the main competition with two comet images (see below).
A total of 2700 images were submitted from 59 countries, all hoping to win the 2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The images will go on display at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – Astronomy Centre in the UK till March 2016.
The iTelescope Observatory is an Australian not-for-profit company that lets anyone with an interest in astro-photography to book time on their global network of telescopes and take pictures. Their Siding Spring setup has 9 telescopes, and there are also observatories in New Mexico in the USA and Spain, ensuring 24 hour night coverage. iTelescope have a thriving community of amateurs and citizen scientists (as well as professional scientists) who share their knowledge and images to promote astronomy and astro-imaging.