Ever since I picked up my dad’s old Olympus OM-10 SLR over twenty years ago I’ve been fascinated – obsessed, I’m sure some would say – with photographing the night sky.

Whether it's the simple beauty of the crescent Moon enveloped in the pastel hues of twilight, a dazzling meteor flitting among the stars or the spellbinding dance of the Northern Lights, I believe astronomy has an extraordinary capability to enthral and inspire us – and it’s moments like these that I’ve tried to capture in my work.

I hope that you enjoy browsing through this gallery of my photos – as well as the astronomical sketches that I draw at the eyepiece of my telescopes – and perhaps, along the way, feel inspired to begin your own astronomical adventure.

I’m constantly updating the site with my latest pictures, so do drop by again soon. And for more information about my other work, please visit my main website.

Wishing you clear skies and happy stargazing!

Will Gater




Will welcomes enquiries from picture editors, publishers, television producers, journalists etc. who wish to use his images in their projects. Please see the notes below for more information.


All images on this site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any medium without Will's prior written consent. If you're interested in using pictures from the collection please first get in touch via email with details of how and where you'd like to use the image(s). Please note that the images shown in this gallery are mostly low resolution, for web display purposes only, and should not be downloaded straight from the site. Once a licence and a fee have been agreed you will be sent the high-res versions where they are available.

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Use the box on the right to search by object name, deep sky catalogue number or transient phenomenon (e.g. Great Red Spot, M42, Copernicus). Images that match your search will be displayed on a new page, and you can carry out additional searches from there.