Photographer captures ISS spacewalk | popular photography

German astronomer and photographer Sebastian Voltmer recently accomplished a most impressive feat: capturing astronauts during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, from the comfort of planet Earth, using nothing more than a standard telescope.

About the picture

This amazing image was taken on March 23, 2022 using a C11 Edge HD Telescope, “soon after sunset in the bright evening sky over Germany,” says Voltmer. And it clearly shows astronauts Matthias Maurer and Raja Chari performing a routine spacewalk outside the station – Chari is the one who appears to be hanging upside down.

“I feel like I’m creating a once-in-a-lifetime image. It’s probably the first ground-based image showing two astronauts on the ISS at the same time,” says Voltmer.

About the telescope used

The C11 EdgeHD telescope, used by Voltmer, can be purchased new for around $4,500 on its own (or closer to $6,500 with mounting accessories). While it’s not exactly cheap, it’s also not out of reach for a keen astrophotographer – and hey, it’s still more affordable than the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, which is made up of 168 Canon 400mm lenses.

The telescope has a range of 2800mm and a fixed f/10 aperture. It is not yet known which camera Voltmer mounted on the C11 to take this photo. But we have contacted him for confirmation and will update the article when we know more.

The envelope

This story proves once again that you don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture something amazing or unique. And even if you don’t have an expensive telescope (or camera), you should still get out and explore! Who knows, you might also take a once-in-a-lifetime photo.

You can see more of Sebastian Voltmer’s work here.

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