Stars 11-18-09

Here are some shots that I took of the stars this evening out at Hooter hill.  Can you spot the Andromeda Galaxy in a couple of them?

Perseids

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I got out last night Aug. 14th, I saw quite a few Perseids but I had given up on photographing any so I was taking long exposure shots of the Polaris (north star) region and got a lucky shot of one anyhow.  I gotta say it’s nice living in the country… but even I have light pollution. That huge bright glow to the lower left is the Nowata Metro Area.

The Perseid in this shot is in the upper left on the very edge of the frame.

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ISO1600
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My first Perseid Shot of the year taken on Aug. 13th.  This shot is color corrected with GIMP to highlight the star field which includes parts of the Constellation Pegasus including the Andromeda Galaxy to the right of the meteor.

17mm
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ISO1600
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Was out trying to get set up to shoot meteors and accidentally took this.  neet!

17mm
f5.6
ISO400
8sec

Click on the thumbnails below to get the 1600px version.

Jupiter’s Moons

I go to APOD about everyday, it makes me feel like I’m learning something even if I don’t exactly understand what the picture of the day is or how it may pertain to me.  But I generally go there everyday and if I see something that really sticks then I will download it and use it as a background for my desktop.

Anyhow, the other day I went to see what I might learn and lo and behold there was cloud covered picture of our Moon with Jupiter and his moons leading the way across the elliptical plane.  What a very kewl shot, I mean, there is something about looking through a telescope and seeing the moons that Galileo saw but this was different, it isn’t shot through a telescope  the guy behind the camera was able to capture them without one and I had to give that a try.

Here is my attempt, at first glance you will notice that in my shots Jupiter is overexposed and I believe that is due in part, to the lack of clouds that act as a natural filter in his shots.  You might also notice that there only appears to be three dancing moons.  I think the reason for that is that one of the moons is either in front or directly behind the planet itself.

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LINKS:

APOD Archive – http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

Moons and Jupiter – http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090714.html