Archive for the Astrophotography Category

Meteors and Moon

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, Sony A7III on November 21, 2020 by budbranch

 

Enjoy.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perseid Meteors

Posted in Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, Sony A7III, Wide Angle on August 14, 2020 by budbranch

Recent moonless nights have favored long meteor-hunting sessions, and this month it coincides with the Perseids.  Famous meteor showers get a lot of press and draw our attention, but meteors happen EVERY night.  Mark your calendar for all moonless nights!

 

These are all 30-second exposures f/2.8 at ISO 6400 shot off a fixed tripod.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE

Posted in Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, sky, Sony A7III on July 9, 2020 by budbranch

5-second exposures taken at 4:10AM today.  Taos NM

While We Sleep

Posted in Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, Sony A7III, Wide Angle on July 1, 2020 by budbranch

Twenty minutes of night sky, lit from behind by the Moon.

While We Sleep –

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, interval exposure, Sony A7III with tags , , on June 10, 2020 by budbranch

– The World keeps turning.

Police The Police!


Comet Hunt

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures on May 17, 2020 by budbranch

Looking for Comet SWAN, but it was lost in the glare of sunrise.  Had another camera shooting north 30 sec exposures.  This is a composite of 30 frames.

 

Thunderstorm in Angel Fire + Moonrise

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 10, 2020 by budbranch

10 second exposure as the moon was rising during a distant thunderstorm.

Abiquiu Lake After Sundown

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, Sony A7III, Wide Angle on November 22, 2019 by budbranch

 

 

A composite of 50+ 25sec exposures stacked.  14mm lens distorts what is nearly circular motion around the Pole star.

Mercury transiting the Sun 11-11-19

Posted in Astrophotography, Solar, Sony A7III on November 11, 2019 by budbranch

Not to be seen again from North America until 2032, planet Mercury is passing between Earth and the Sun this morning – see the tiny black spot above and right of center?  Not a naked-eye event!  A filter is required to stop  potentially harmful solar radiation, (note my setup).

70-200mm @ 200, f/13 ISO 200, 1/8,000th sec w/solar filter

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