I’m an amateur astro-photographer based in New South Wales, Australia.

I like to display my images of the cosmos and write briefly about them in a way that is hopefully interesting to readers with a curiosity about the Cosmos.

All astro-images are my own except when stated to the contrary. Not every image can appear photogenic to every viewer or be a photographic masterpiece. None will match the Hubble Space Telescope.

Context is important. How far away is it? What type of object is it? Some images will be about finding tiny and faint objects which can be barely seen.

A secondary passion of mine is for photographing electrical storms, which I share on a sister site at Lightning Focus and sometimes I might post the occasional lightning shot here too.

I sometimes get asked why I call myself Ggreybeard.” Why the double G? The answer is simply that in a world of many ‘Greybeards‘, there is only one ‘Ggreybeard‘!

I am very grateful to all of my followers but it is impossible to follow everyone in return for following Cosmic Focus, although I will sometimes look at your website.

@Cosmicfocus1  Twitter feed dedicated to this site.
Mostly automated.
Lightning FocusSister site, dedicated to images of electrical storms.
@Ggreybeard My personal wisdom in 280 characters or less. 
Flickr My photographic gallery.
Citizen ScienceDonating my idle computer time to science projects.


You may direct link to any of my pages or images, provided that they are attributed and not taken out of context. Your courtesy advice via my contact page would be appreciated.


You may not copy or reproduce my images or posts without my written permission. If I subsequently give permission, it will be subject to attribution appearing with the photograph.

You may not alter the appearance of my images.

All images © R.Powell except where stated otherwise.


My acknowledgements to the late John Lennon and his brilliant song ‘Imagine’ for inspiring the sub-title to this site.