Instagram Astronomy (22 great astrophotographers you should follow)

Instagram is a great place to find both simple and mind-blowing images and there are some great astrophotographers sharing their work on there.

This post brings together a list of some of the best amateur and professional photographers sharing the best astronomy images that you can follow on Instagram.

1. Sean Parker

Sean Parker is an internationally renowned photographer specializing in capturing the night skies and providing educational workshops. His work has been featured with Smithsonian, Arizona Highways, NatGeo, Weather Channel, and more! Follow him here and see his website here. 

These are star trails seen in Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA:

2. Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

Navaneeth is an Indian amateur astrophotographer. His photography is more diverse than just astronomy – check out some of his breathtaking images on Instagram here.

This is the Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle:

3. Marcus Cote

Marcus is a 20-year-old freelance photographer based on Florida’s Space Coast.

Follow him on Instagram here to his astrophotography as well as see shots of rocket launches and landscape photography from Florida.

You can also read our background piece with Marcus on how to shoot a Milky Way selfie.

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4. Manuel Dietrich

Manuel is a photographer and filmmaker from Germany. He’s done some great work combining landscape and astrophotography. Follow him here and see his website for more stunning shots and videos as well as his YouTube channel.

This is a Milky Way capture from the Dolomites, Italy:

5. Wayne Pinkston

Wayne is a Southwest-based astrophotographer sharing some brilliant pictures. Follow him here and see his website.

This is the Northern Lights seen in Kitdalen, Norway:

6. Tracy Lee

Tracy is a Vegas-based professional photographer covering a range of different styles but with some great space images.

She’s also a great person to follow as she details how each capture was made which can be incredibly useful for anyone wanted to learn.

Follow her here and see her website here.

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7. Michael Ver Sprill

Michael has named himself “Milky Way Mike” which should be a good indicator of what to expect. Follow him here and see also his website here.

Read his Skies & Scopes case study here.


8. Connor Matherne

Connor is a Deep Space Object photographer and the below image is an animated picture of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Follow him on Instagram here. Read his case study on Milky Way photography here.

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9. Laura Krause

Laura is an LA-based designer putting out some great astronomy images. Follow her here and check out her website here.

Read her case study in shooting in the LA desert here.

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10. Jeffrey Ross

Another LA-based photographer, Jeffrey is putting out some great Milky Way images. Follow him here and see his website here.

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11. Jared Warren

Jared describes himself as “a professor, researcher, psychologist, father, student of life, and… photographer”! Follow him here and see his website here.

Watch this awesome video:

12. Monika Deviat

Monika is a Calgary-based photographer sharing some great stuff. Follow her here and see her website here. 

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13. Derek Culver

Derek is from Bellevue, Washington. Follow him here.

This is an image of Mount Rainier, Washington, USA:

14. Ken Crawford

Ken Crawford is a renowned astrophotographer hailing from California. He can be found on Instagram here and see also his website here.

Read how he goes about deep sky photography here.

This is his picture of the Pacman nebula:

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15. Sergio Vindas

Sergio Vindas as a landscape photographer and astrophotographer from Costa Rica. Follow him here and see his website here.

This is the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica:

16. Talman Madsen

Talman was the winner of the New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year in 2016. You can follow him here.

See also his case study of photographing the Milky Way in New Zealand.

17. Giles Rocholl

The UK’s Giles Rocholl can be found on Instagram here and on his website here.

This is the Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon ice lagoon, Iceland:

18. Nicholas Roemmelt

Find Germany’s Nicolas on Instagram here and check out his website here.


19. Leonardo Orazi

Italy’s Leonardo shares images of Deep Space Objects like the example below. He is on Instagram here and you can check out his website here. He has also written for Skies & Scopes here.

This is M51 – “The Whirlpool Galaxy”:

20. Rune Engebø

Find Norway’s Rune on Instagram for some great Northern Lights shots from his home country.

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21. Lee Cook

New Zealand’s Lee Cook can be found on Instagram here and see also his website here.

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22. Ivan Slade

Ivan is based in Sydney, Australia and has had images shortlisted for Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Follow him here and see also his website.

Read our piece here where Ivan talks through his step-by-step process for photographing the Milky Way.

This is the Milky Way seen from Sydney’s northern beaches:

Bonus: 5 great Instagram accounts from other organizations to follow


Bit of a no-brainer that NASA is a great source of astronomy images. They have multiple Instagram accounts and worth following their main one and also their Exploration account.

This image was taken by the crew of Apollo 10  in 1969 from 36,000 miles above Earth:

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2. The Space Telescope Science Institute

The STSI is the academic organization officially working to analyze the images sent back from NASA’s Hubble telescope. Find them on Instagram here.

This picture is of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293). It is a composite picture combining images from Hubble and from the National Science Foundation’s telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona.

3. The Night Sky

Not an official Hubble/NASA account but well worth a follow as it regularly shares some of the best images from the Hubble telescope with good commentary.

This is the Carina Nebula, 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina:

4. Space X

Elon Musk’s Space X company is one of the most ambitious organizations out there with a goal of truly changing the path of humankind. They plan on not only putting people on Mars but on creating a human colony there within decades with a view to humankind becoming a space-faring race. It’s mind-blowing stuff. If you want to read more I would recommend his interviews on the Wait But Why blog.

Follow them on Instagram here.

This a view of Earth from the SES-10 mission:

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5. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The JPL manages NASA’s robotic missions to explore space – follow their account here.

The image below is of Jupiter from taken by the Juno mission.

Looking for more great Instagram astronomy?

If you are looking for more Instagram astrophotography then use the hashtags #astronomy and #astrophotography to search on Instagram.

Do you know anyone else that should be on this list?  Or are you an astrophotographer on Instagram (or other platforms like Flickr or 500px) and would like to be featured?

If so, then please get in touch to let us know and we can consider you for future pieces like this. Get in touch via our contact page.

This post was originally posted on 6 June 2017 and has been updated for 2018.


6 thoughts on “Instagram Astronomy (22 great astrophotographers you should follow)”

  1. Really good, amazing jobs, congratulations to all!
    I am passionate about astrophotography and currently I practice landscape night photography, my great inspiration in this type of photo has always been Sergio Vindas in my country Costa Rica, it is a great pride that he is among the best and a great example in photography to follow!


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