While each of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards photos are mind-blowingly good, the context surrounding each photo is perhaps even more interesting. From equipment used to how they'd reshoot given half a chance, it's a fascinating look skywards.
In the gallery below, you can see how the overall winner of the Royal Observatory's competition shot his "Blazing Bristlecone" snap, along with the deep space and solar system category winners, and even how the 14-year-old Indian winner of the young astronomer category took his photo of an eclipse with a seven-year-old 3.2MP Nikon camera.
Competition winner: Tom Lowe for Blazing Bristlecone. Equipment used: Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera with a Canon EF 16-35mm lens set at 16mm.
Category winner for "Our Solar System": Anthony Ayiomamitis for Siberian Totality. Equipment used: Takahashi FSQ-106 106mm refractor telescope on a Celestron CG3 German equatorial mount with a Canon EOS 350D XT DSLR camera.
Category winner for "Deep Space": Orion Deep Wide Field. Equipment used: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX 106mm refractor with 0.7x focal reducer with a SBIG STL11000 CCD camera on a Takahashi EM-400 equatorial mount.
Young Astronomy Photographer 2010 winner: 14-year-old Dhruv Arvind Paranjpye's A Perfect Circle. Equipment used: Nikon E3700 digital camera.
Category winner for "People and Space": Steven Christenson for Photon Worshippers. Equipment used: Canon EOS 50D DSLR camera with a Canon 10-22mm lens set at 10mm on a Manfrotto tripod.
Category winner for "Best Newcomer": Ken Mackintosh for The Whirlpool Galaxy. Equipment used: Maxvision 127mm apochromatic refractor with a modified Canon EOS 450D DSLR camera on an EQ6 mount.