Mustafa Aydın is an astrophotographer with 10 years of astrophotography and almost lifelong experience in general photography. He was born and raised in a photographer family that has the 3rd generation of photographers, at the moment, perhaps more to come.
His childhood was centered in the triangle of photography, space, and aviation. As such, he studied Physics Engineering for the love of science, cosmos, and technology. He is concentrated mainly on Deep Space Astrophotography and Widefield Astrophotography, aka Milkyway Astrophotography. Shooting astrophotography takes patience, multi disciplinary knowledge and long hours of work. Lots of images of the same object are taken and these shots are stacked, and post processed, in special software.
Mustafa primarily uses his own equipment, a Meade Instruments 70mm Refractory Telescope, Orion Atlas Pro Mount (Tracker), Nikon D5300 Camera and lots of cables, software and accessories. He also has access to the Telescope Live remote telescopes located in Chile, Spain, and Australia.
Mustafa is co-founder and member of Ankara Astronomy Group, and co-founder and co-owner of Stellar Xperiences.
He is a brand ambassador for Meade Instruments.
He is a judge for monthly astrophotography competitions organized by Telescope Live.
He is also a tutor for Telescope Live, actively teaching astrophotography.
Mustafa has had numerous photos published in national science magazines. Several photos of his photos have been selected as astrophotography of the day, week, month from international platforms. One photo was shortlisted in the most prestigious astrophotography contest called "Astronomy Photographer of the Year - Royal Museums Greenwich" in 2020 in aurora category. Several of his photos are being exhibited in Gokmen Space and Aviation Training Center in Bursa Turkey. And, in 2020 Mustafa was able to photograph the Comet Neowise, with rare bicolor (red and blue) ion tails.
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