Archive for April, 2018

The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 22, 2018 by budbranch

IMG_6221-2This meteor flashed through around 2AM this morning.  While it appears to be “in” the Milky Way, it is well to remember that the meteor is very close to Earth, actually burning up IN our atmosphere, while the Milky Way is (almost) unimaginably distant.

For extra credit:  why do we see more meteors AFTER midnight, than before?

 

Startrails at the VLA

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Composite, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 12, 2018 by budbranch

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This is a composite of about fifty 30-second exposures.  A departing car painted the antenna red (I used considerable Photoshop layer masking to get this final effect).  Also, that’s a meteor at top right…

The VLA at Magdalena, NM

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 12, 2018 by budbranch

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