Some objects in this category are better captured with a telescope serving as the camera lens, so the requirements allow for this. Each image should be well framed, well focused, and have a well-managed dynamic range that mimics what the human eye can see. The size and position of the astronomical object(s) in the sky have to be correct with respect to the foreground scenery.
Fifteen pictures from the following list are required for the certificate, with a minimum of ten being skyscape images (the remainder do not have to have the landscape in the frame). Each picture shall be accompanied with a description of the location, time, equipment used, camera settings, planning done, problems encountered or solved, and whatever else, such as how you feel about the image or what happened that night. Please indicate on the application form which of the objects in the following list each of your pictures represents.
- Sunrise or sunset
- Moonrise or moonset at full Moon
- Gibbous, half, or crescent Moon
- New Moon with earthshine
- Moon and a planet
- Moon or planet beside a deep-sky object
- Two or more planets
- ISS or Iridium flare
- Star trails
- The Milky Way
- Asterism - Big Dipper or Summer Triangle
- Two or more pictures showing movement of a planet or asteroid
- Uranus or Neptune identified in a picture
- Sun or Moon halo, or Sundogs
- Noctilucent clouds
- Lunar or Solar eclipse
- Zodiacal light
You can see the images that I submitted for completion here.