Various Attempts at Astronomy Photos - January-March 2005

Messing around with long exposures, plus (for the moon photos) an acquisition off eBay of a shiny 500mm mirror lens (coupled with an existing 2x converter gives around 24x magnification on a dSLR)

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The track of an aircraft as it passes over in the night sky - the two lines are the wingtip nav lights, and the red dots are made by the centre fuselage strobe

The track of an aircraft as it passes over in the night sky - the two lines are the wingtip nav lights, and the red dots are made by the centre fuselage strobe

A 20-second exposure showing the fuzzy blob that was comet Machholz (c2004/Q2) on Jan 10th

A 20-second exposure showing the fuzzy blob that was comet Machholz (c2004/Q2) on Jan 10th

A wider field showing Comet Machholz (the greenish fuzz-ball near the right) a few arc-minutes away from Pleiedes (the bright cluster in the bottom left of the picture)

A wider field showing Comet Machholz (the greenish fuzz-ball near the right) a few arc-minutes away from Pleiedes (the bright cluster in the bottom left of the picture)

The walnut-tree in Nosher's back garden under a cloudy, moonlit sky (long exposure so the clouds blur nicely)

The walnut-tree in Nosher's back garden under a cloudy, moonlit sky (long exposure so the clouds blur nicely)

500mm lens, 2x converter and contrast and sharpening tweaks to bring out the features

500mm lens, 2x converter and contrast and sharpening tweaks to bring out the features

A low

A low "harvest" moon (near the horizon, redenned by atmospheric pollution)

A moonlit sky

A moonlit sky

Single 10-second exposure showing the field at the end of Nosher's garden (but with the moon blocked out with a hand for all but the last couple of seconds)

Single 10-second exposure showing the field at the end of Nosher's garden (but with the moon blocked out with a hand for all but the last couple of seconds)

More moon shots. Without any form of tracking, such extreme telephoto images are slightly blurry, even with sub 1-second exposures

More moon shots. Without any form of tracking, such extreme telephoto images are slightly blurry, even with sub 1-second exposures


The blob, slightly on the right is a photo of Jupiter, on a regular camera, un-enlarged! Shown with it - bottom-left - is a 6x zoom into the image showing that there is an orangey colour in there. This freaked Nosher out a bit, as it's on his normal camera.

The blob, slightly on the right is a photo of Jupiter, on a regular camera, un-enlarged! Shown with it - bottom-left - is a 6x zoom into the image showing that there is an orangey colour in there. This freaked Nosher out a bit, as it's on his normal camera.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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