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The Grand Conjunction

Posted in 600mm, Astrophotography, Sony A7III on December 22, 2020 by budbranch

Well, that was fun!

We’ve been watching Jupiter and Saturn ease closer for months.  Knowing that this was a once in a lifetime thing, I studied up and practiced a little.  In the final analysis I think it boils down to 1) stabilizing the camera, 2) focusing carefully and, 3) taking LOTS of frames of varying exposures.

 

 

This was an early test – no detail in Saturn or Jupiter

Another test from the deck, as it set over the Canyon

My best effort from 12/21, includes Saturn’s moon Titan…

Once the shooting was over, we made a group Conjunction photo before it set…

Hawks, Sunny-Side Up

Posted in 600mm, Available Light, Handheld on November 1, 2020 by budbranch

 

These photos benefited from high clouds creating beautiful soft lighting…

Astrophotography

Posted in 600mm, Astrophotography, Sony A7III on September 14, 2020 by budbranch

We lucked out with a moonless, no-haze, no smoke night sky yesterday.  I set up the little Ioptron Sky-Tracker and mounted my camera and 600mm lens, and commenced to focus/shoot/adjust/repeat.  Two hours later I had a couple of respectable images.  The first, M22, is a star cluster containing 70,000 or so stars.  The second is M8, or the Lagoon Nebula.  These are both 20 second guided 600mm single exposures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rufous Hummingbird

Posted in 600mm, Sony A7III on July 19, 2020 by budbranch

Subtle colors…

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