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.
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.
These are not some of my best shots, they are a bit out of focus, but they do show off the teapot asterism rather well. The teapot lies to the south in our night sky right now, and is always quite low on the horizon. Its in one of the brightest spots in our milky way galaxy because it’s in the general direction of our galactic center so it makes for some good photographic opportunities with lots of nebulae and star clusters nearby.
What is an asterism you ask? Well its a small grouping of stars that is not an officially recognized constellation. Do you know any other asterisms? Well, One of the most famous ones is the Big Dipper. That’s right the Big Dipper is NOT a constellation it’s actually a part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Big Bear.