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Val d’Oust. Nebulae and Galaxies: the fascinating exhibition of the astrophotographer – Les Infos du Pays Gallo

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Posted on July 24, 2022

Mayor Florence Prunet and the elected officials of the municipality of Val d’Oust inaugurated, this Friday, July 22, the exhibition produced by the astrophotographer Philippe Townsend, present for the occasion…

10 large photographs (80 X 120 cm) are exhibited on porticoes all around the Saint-André du Roc-Saint-André church. The nebulae presented here belong to the Andromeda galaxy, the closest to the Milky Way, our galaxy.

The idea of ​​exhibiting his works comes from the meeting between the artist on the one hand and Philippe Mahé, deputy mayor of the Chapelle Caro and Jean-Louis Véronique, municipal councilor on the other hand. The latter has chosen to baptize the exhibition Nebulae and Galaxies…

The Montertelotais Philippe Townsend observes the Breton sky, after dark, with his telescope then captures the nebulae using a camera attached to the mount of the device. Its equipment and professional equipment are constantly renewed to achieve perfection. “You have to take up to 180, 200 images to get the perfect final shot, after removing the traces of satellites and planes!”, explains Philippe Townsend.

“The site of the church near the aromatic garden was chosen for its pleasant, touristic and open-air aspect! It is also a factor of attractiveness for our municipality. The exhibition is free and freely visible 7 days a week,” explains the mayor.

She takes this opportunity to highlight and thank the work of Patrick Verré’s screen printing workshop and that of the Technical Services who were in charge of the concrete supports and the installation of the fence…

Did you know ?

The Andromeda galaxy is located about 2.55 million light-years from the sun and is said to contain about 1000 billion stars, or 2 to 5 times more than our galaxy…

The Andromeda galaxy was first observed using a telescope by Simon Marius in 1612, described as the galaxy’s discoverer. She was photographed for the first time in 1887, but officially recognized only in 1920.

Where and when to see the exhibition?

The Nebulae and Galaxies exhibition is traveling to Val d’Oust.
It will be visible until October:

First 3 or 4 weeks: Church Square, Roc-Saint-André

Then, she will join Quily, then the Caro Chapel, each time for a period of 3 to 4 weeks.

The astrophotographer will be present at the exhibition site on Friday August 12 at 7 p.m.: the location will be announced later.
He will answer questions from the public, who have come to meet him