Taking photos of deep space is, not surprisingly, difficult. Even the wispiest clouds can turn an image soupy, as does wildfire smoke. Any gusts of wind faster than 10 mph cause the camera to vibrate and the photo to blur. Exposure times are often set to upwards of 10 hours. If photographers want the clearest results, they probably should cool their cameras to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
But when you get that peek into the cosmos, it's all worth it. And, often, you're hooked. That was true for Terry Hancock, an avid astrophotographer and the director of the Grand Mesa Observatory. The telescopes at the high-desert observatory are open at certain to everyone from school kids to astronomers. Hancock talked to Colorado Matters about what it takes to photograph deep space.