Taking pictures in the dark

By Madeleine Stix, CNN

Published 10:58 AM ET, Tue December 29, 2015
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The Deerlick Astronomy Village uses only red lights at night because they doesn't affect the eye's ability to see in darkness the way white light does. CNN/Madeleine Stix
Outside Dan Llewellyn's garage at the Deerlick Astronomy Village, amateur astronomers prepare for a night of imaging the cosmos. CNN/Madeleine Stix
An image of the Comet Lovejoy was taken with a 120mm refractor telescope in the late summer of 2014 by Dan Llewellyn at the Deerlick Astronomy Village. Dan Llewellyn
This is the Trifid Nebula, taken with a 12-inch Newtonian telescope in 2010 at the Deerlick Astronomy Village. Dan Llewellyn
This image of Jupiter captured from the DAV in 2012 was created by stacking 2,500 video frames over a two-minute period with an Astro-Video camera. Dan Llewellyn
The Dumbbell Nebula is approximately 1,400 light-years away. Chris Hetlage took this photo from his observatory at the DAV. Chris Hetlage/Imaging the Cosmos
The Horsehead Nebula is in the constellation Orion, which is nearly 1,600 light-years away. The photo was taken with a 10-hour exposure by Chris Hetlage at the DAV. Chris Hetlage/Imaging the Cosmos
Amateur astronomers camp out during the annual star party, held every October at the Deerlick Astronomy Village. CNN/Madeleine Stix
During the annual star party, hundreds of amateur astronomers stay up all night observing the night sky. CNN/Madeleine Stix
Chris Hetlage, one of the co-founders of the Deerlick Astronomy Village, poses with his telescopes at his observatory. Chris Hetlage/Imaging the Cosmos