Monday, May 25, 2015

Alignment of Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon.

Venus and Jupiter hiding behind the trees but I still got them in alignment with the moon... 
Moon, Jupiter, and Venus
Location: Front Lawn, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/25/15 20:49 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Telescope/Lens: 18-55 mm IS II
Mount: Fixed Tripod
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 23 mm
f/5.6
Exposure: 1s
ISO: 200
Post Processing: ViewNX (Resize Image)

Shots of the Moon and M3 with the new focuser

I replaced the standard focuser on my Orion ED80 refractor with a Moonlite Dual Speed CF Focuser. I am able to get much better clarity especially when imaging. As a newbie, I have been experimenting with post processing (i.e. Deep Sky Stacker, Registax, and Photoshop) to better my images. The results of some of this is below.

M3 - Globular Cluster with about 500,000 stars and 33,000 light-years from Earth located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. The bright orange star Arcturus located in Bootes can be used to locate this cluster which very difficult to view with the naked eye.


stacked, flattened, set the black point

M3 - Glubular Cluster (mag +6.2)
Location: My Driveway, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/22/15 23:51 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1-20s, 1-30s, 1-60s, 1-90s (3min 20s)
ISO: 1600
Post Processing: DSS, Photoshop (flattened, set the black point)
 

stacked, flattened

M3 - Glubular Cluster (mag +6.2)
Location: My Driveway, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/22/15 23:54 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1-20s, 1-30s, 1-60s, 1-90s
ISO: 1600
Post Processing: DSS, Photoshop (flattened)


stacked

M3 - Glubular Cluster (mag +6.2)
Location: My Driveway, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/22/15 23:54 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1-20s, 1-30s, 1-60s, 1-90s
ISO: 1600
Post Processing: DSS, Photoshop


single frame, dark subtract, adjust histogram

M3 - Glubular Cluster (mag +6.2)
Location: My Driveway, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/22/15 23:54 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1-90s
ISO: 1600
Post Processing: Photoshop (dark subtract, adjust histogram)


single frame, dark subtract

M3 - Glubular Cluster (mag +6.2)
Location: My Driveway, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/22/15 23:54 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1-90s
ISO: 1600
Post Processing: Photoshop (dark subtract)

The following shots of the moon were probably the most focused shots I ever took. Even when magnified, they are still clear.



M3 - Moon, Waxing Crescent
Location: My Backyard, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/23/15 21:46 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1/280s
ISO: 200
Post Processing: none



M3 - Moon, Waxing Crescent
Location: My Backyard, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/23/15 21:46 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1/280s
ISO: 200


M3 - Moon, Waxing Crescent
Location: My Backyard, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/23/15 21:46 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 600mm (lens)
f/6
Exposure: 1/280s
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Photshop, Photo Editor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Venus and the Waxing Crescent Moon

Venus and the Waxing Crescent:
I was walking up and down my street trying to find a shot...

Venus and Waxing Crescent Moon
Location: Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/20/15 ~8:52 PM
Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Mount: Fixed Tripod
Focal Length: 48mm
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/5 s
ISO: 800 
Post Processing: None

Venus and Waxing Crescent Moon
Location: Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/20/15 ~8:53 PM
Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Mount: Fixed Tripod
Focal Length: 48mm
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/5 s
ISO: 800 
Post Processing: None

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rising Moon 5-4-15

Rising Moon Through the Forest!
Moon - Full Moon
Location: Home, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/4/15 9:31 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Telescope: None
Mount: Manfrotto Tripod
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 300mm (lens)
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/20
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Photoshop Crop, Brightness

Moon - Full Moon
Location: Home, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/4/15 9:31 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Telescope: None
Mount: Manfrotto Tripod
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 300mm (lens)
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/20
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Photoshop Crop

Moon - Full Moon
Location: Home, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/4/15 9:36 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Telescope: None
Mount: Manfrotto Tripod
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 300mm (lens)
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/5
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Photoshop Crop

Moon - Full Moon
Location: Home, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 5/4/15 9:36 PM
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Telescope: None
Mount: Manfrotto Tripod
Autoguiding: None
Focal Length: 300mm (lens)
f/5.6
Exposure: 1/5
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Photoshop Crop