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.
The first real storms of the year moved through this afternoons and evening. Got to shoot a wall cloud and then later I caught some lightning.
I have been wanting to get a shot of one of our Bluejays but they are quick to leave as soon as the door is opened. Had to get this shot through the kitchen screen.
While I was at it I spotted one of our male Cardinals waiting his turn behind all the Redwing Blackbirds and Starlings.
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.