Sweet, Frank and I went out to shoot Comet Pan-STARRS just north of town this evening the 12th of March 2013. It took a bit of trying in the hazy skies to see it naked eye but it was possible.
Canon 7d most were taken at f5.6, 800 ISO with a 70-300mm lens.
Venus crossed in front of the sun today. Here is a trio of shots that I took as it made its way in front of our star.
We had a pretty good Impromptu star party out at Hensley Manor this evening. Three cameras and a video camera were present to capture the fleeting minutes of this great astronomical show. Thank you Mother Nature for clearing out the clouds for us.
This shot is pretty early on with a filter in place.
This shot is just before the sun and moon both set here in Oklahoma. I wish we could have been in New Mexico so we could have seen it at maximum but it was a great show anyhow.
I told you there was a video camera there. Jeff did a nice job filming.
I got to witness my first sun pillar this evening. I had to darken this shot a little bit to bring out the pillar but it was very easily seen with the naked eye.
The weather was so nice out today and into this evening that I decided to get out and get some star trail shots this evening.
This first shot is a 15 second exposure.
This one is the same 15 second exposure from the first shot and 12 5 minute exposures stacked and darkened so that only the brightest stars actually show up in the trails.
This final one is the same 15 second exposure as the other two shots, its also the same 12 5 minute exposures stacked, only they are lightened so that only more of the stars show up in the trails.
I have high hopes that this little green fuzzball will grow a tail soon. I have yet to see any predictions so I’m not real hopeful but it will be fun to keep an eye on it for the next month or so. The really good shots are gonna come from the EPOXI mission its going to take pics from 435 miles out.
This is a 1.5 minute exposure. Man, my barndoor tracker sure came in handy for this one. I can’t wait to try some more shots in the coming nights. I may even try to do some stacking of multiple images before this is over, if the weather will hold out that is…
Wired News has a story about Comet Hartley 2.
Sky and Telescope has this spotting map up for us all to use.
Here is the official EPOXI mission page straight from NASA.
I shot some star trails on the 1st for use as my pic of the day over at my project 365 but they ended up taking so long that I had to post another shot. Anyhow, I went ahead and stacked the shots and got them ready so here is the final comp. Its pretty kewl to click the image below to see it full size and then try to count and see how many lightning bugs you can count.
2 minutes each
Stacked with Startrails (get it here)