Lots of stars

A couple of weeks ago we took a vacation out in the redwoods of Sonoma county, CA. I grabbed a couple of nice shots of the milky way one night. It’s amazing how many more stars you can see at night when you’re not in a light polluted downtown. Below is a 100% crop of shot from my house (left) which is a class 8 sky and one from Cazadero (right), a class 3 sky.

Mars & Saturn

It was a fairly clear night so I tried to take a few more photos from with my camera attached to the top of my telescope. This is a 13 second exposure of Mars (brightest object on the lower left) and Saturn (towards the upper right). Click though to see the full sized image to see some other cool objects. The M7 star cluster can be see way over on the right edge about even with Mars. M8, the Lagoon Nebula, can be seen to the lower right of Saturn. It looks like a line of stars pointing slightly upward (left to right). What’s amazing to me is that from here you can’t see a tenth of these stars with your naked eyes.

Orion & Jupiter

We’ve had some clear weather lately and I’ve had a chance to take a couple of photos with my telescope. First, I got an attachment that allow my camera to ride piggyback on the tube. This let’s me shoot a super wide field that still tracks the sky. So here’s a shot of Orion.

And then the other night, Jupiter’s red spot was visible so I grabbed a quick shot of it.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to get out to a dark site this summer and take some more photos.

Orion Nebula

Last night was my first time looking at the Orion Nebula with my telescope. I was surprised at how easily you can see it even with all the light pollution and a bright moon. This is just a one second exposure. Maybe if I can figure out my new camera I can get a better shot.

2017 Eclipse sequence

Nikon D7100, 1/1600, f/6.3, 600mm, ISO 200

Nikon D7100, 1/800, f/6.3, 600mm, ISO 200

Nikon D7100, 1/1600, f/6.3, 600mm, ISO 200

Nikon D7100, 1/13, f/6.3, 600mm, ISO 200

Here’s a sequence of unprocessed shots taken in Athens, TN on August 21, 2017. I set up some brackets on a timer and somehow remembered to press the shutter while be awestruck.