冠军：Siberian Totality by Anthony Ayiomamitis (Greece)
On eclipse day, the clouds were present everywhere and only one hour before first contact (partial phase) did the skies clear...and they cleared beautifully and with pristine transparency. There was a slight wind, especially at the top of the roof of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, but it was a very small price to pay.
器材：Takahashi FSQ-106 106mm refractor telescope on a Celestron CG3 German equatorial mount with a Canon EOS 350D XT DSLR camera
亚军：Jupiter by Nick Smith (UK)
What the photographer says:?‘My first telescope was a 50mm Tasco refractor that I had aged ten! It was only about five years ago that I realised it was possible for amateurs to take really high resolution images of the Moon and planets using low-cost consumer webcams.’
What it shows:?Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. A giant ball of gas with no solid surface, its atmosphere is streaked with colourful bands of cloud.? This image was taken just after a large asteroid plunged into Jupiter’s atmosphere, exploding beneath the clouds. A dark patch near the top of the planet’s disc marks the impact.
Equipment:?Celestron C14 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a Tele Vue 1.8x Barlow lens and a Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0M CCD camera
The Green Visitor by Richard Higby (Australia)
这张彗星在飞行中闪着绿光的照片出自澳大利亚摄影师理查德·西格拜(Richard Higby)之手，西格拜表示：“当我得知鹿林彗星(Comet Lulin)将要路过地球时我非常兴奋，要知道我这一辈子只有这一次机会能够亲眼目睹鹿林彗星的样子。我赶紧跑回家，准备好相机，当天空中的云层现出缝隙时，我幸运的捕捉到了鹿林彗星在飞行中闪着绿光的样子。”
Comet Lulin C/2007 N3 (non periodic)
Date taken: 3rd March 2009.
Location: Sydney North Shore Australia.
Telescope: Williams Megrez 90 APO Doublet F/6.9
Camera: SBIG ST2000 XCM (colour)
Tracking: Internal TC-237H CCD.
Mount: Takahashi EM200.
Filters: IR/UV cut.
Exposure: 3 x 600 seconds at -9.79 deg. C.
Processing: CCDOps / ImagesPlus / Photoshop C3.
About this image: This is the most alien object I have ever seen. What makes it special to me is the knowledge that I have captured an object I will never see agin.
When the images were first combined the nucleus demonstrated a thin light band caused by the Comet's movement. These were blurred in Photoshop to make the image more appealing.
The Crescent Venus by Lorenzo Comolli (Italy)
What?the photographer says:?‘The Sun was very near and it was very hard to be sure not to burn the imaging camera!’
What it shows:?As it moves around the Sun, our neighbouring planet, Venus, appears to go through a series of phases from crescent to full, just like the Moon. These phases can only be seen through a telescope or binoculars. They were first observed by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei exactly 400 years ago. His observations proved that Venus must orbit the Sun, showing that not everything in the Universe goes around the Earth.
Equipment:?30cm Newtonian reflector with Barlow lens and a modified Philips Vesta Pro webcam with a monochrome sensor
Sinus Iridum by Nick Smith (UK)
月球表面的虹湾(Sinus Iridum)位于雨海(Mare Imbrium)的边缘，其内部布满了火山熔岩。该幅图片是英国天文摄影师尼克·史密斯的作品之一。
What the photographer says:?‘The Sinus Iridum shot was taken from my back garden at Oxford in the UK. It is an area of the Moon that I often return to in the hope of capturing a few more of the illusive ‘craterlets’ that litter the floor of the bay.’
What it shows:?Sinus Iridum, or the ‘Bay of Rainbows’ lies on the edge of the Moon’s ‘Sea of Rains’ (Mare Imbrium). The smooth ?oor of the bay is ?lled with dark lava, which solidi?ed billions of years ago and is surrounded by rugged mountains.? These highlands are older than the lava plains and are therefore more heavily scarred by craters – the relics of ancient meteorite impacts.
Equipment:?Celestron C14 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a Tele Vue 1.8x Barlow lens and a Lumenera Infinity 2-1M CCD camera