I love playing with other people’s toys. These are short exposure, single stack images taken with a older Mallincam Universe camera. No processing.
Next step is learning how to stack and edit. Hopefully, I’ll have something better to post in the future.
There’s just nothing to say about this. It was fantastic!
A Harvest Moon is the moon nearest to the beginning of the fall equinox. It was given this name because the extra evening light it provided would allow farmers to see later into the evening to finish their Harvest.
i tried shooting this in raw and stacking and the result was awful. Appearently, my skills are lacking. I went back to the he eyepiece and did it old school and came up with a better version.
The Plato Crater was very prominent as well. Such a beautiful crater.
My favorite image of Aldebaran being occulted by the moon. This was before it happened, but I love how you feel as if you are flying over the moon. Very reminiscent of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I feel like Neil, Buzz and Aldrin looking out over the moon.
Star Trails with Polaris, the North Star centered. Another happy accident. It was my first attempt at star trails, made with my Canon G16. I had taken it out in the front yard, which faces north, and let it loose. When I checked the image out, I was floored to see that I had centered Polaris.
For those who don’t know, Polaris is not a very bright star. It is the 46th brightest star in the entire night sky! During outreach programs, I always ask about Polaris, and most of the time I hear comments about it being the brightest star in the sky. Polaris, (Alpha Ursae Minoris) also called the North Star or Pole Star, is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor. The constellation is also known by its asterism, the “Little Dipper”. It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern “Pole Star”. Polaris is part of a triple star system. Polaris A, Polaris B and Polaris Ab.
To locate Polaris, all you have to do is to find the Big Dipper pointer stars Dubhe and Merak. These two stars outline the outer part of the Big Dipper’s bowl. Simply draw a line from Merak through Dubhe, and go about 5 times the Merak/Dubhe distance to Polaris.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a sliver of the moon on a bright sunny day? I’m really surprised I saw this, much less imaged it. These were taken at the eyepiece with my Canon Rebel DSLR.
Occultations by the moon, are common, especially Aldebaran. Unfortunately, very few are seen in the continental United States.
My first Comet image. It’s faint, but it’s there. First quarter of the screen, a little more than halfway down. If you can find it on the screen, I’d say your ready to find one in the sky.
Nicely imaged earthshine, I might add as well.
Conjunction of Venus and Mercury. Imaged with my G16 in 2015.
While watching the Leonids, I took advantage of the dark skies and extra time by taking selfies.
These were all done with a timer and light painting. A lighter was my light tool of choice. Another happy accident in this first image where I caught myself watching a meteor fall!