Comet Hartley 2

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.

  • ISO800
  • f4
  • 90sec
  • 75mm

July 1st, Star Trails

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.

26 exposures

f4.0

1so 400

2 minutes each

Stacked with Startrails (get it here)

Leo Explained

I went ahead and put some labels on my project365 shot of Leo the lion so you all can go out and find it in the sky. March and April are the perfect time to see it, I took this shot at approximately 10:30 Pm on Friday the 9th of April 2010.  All you have to do to see Leo is go out and look up and to the southeast its very bright and easy to spot.

The following text comes from Wikipedia.

Leo is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for lion. Leo lies between dim Cancer to the west and Virgo to the east.

In Greek mythology, it was identified as the Nemean Lion which was killed by Hercules during one of his twelve labours, and subsequently put into the sky