Archive for the Astrophotography Category

Super Blood Lunar Eclipse

Posted in Astrophotography, Available Light, Canon 7D on January 21, 2019 by budbranch

300mm full manual off a tripod. Basic Moon photos are always tough, since the Moon is MOVING, and it is so bright compared to the background. Eclipse photos add the twist that the exposure changes drastically during the event, so you are constantly shooting brackets and evaluating. I used from ISO 100 to 3200, shutter from 1/125th to 2.25 second, and f/4.0 to f/5.6. I was interested in capturing some sharp stars and I found that with THIS lens on a non-tracking mount, *1* second was as long as I could go before the stars became little “-” marks… Also, by 10:15 MST, the darn moon was approximately 60 degrees above the horizon, so it was harder and harder to see the viewfinder and manage the camera. I ran out of head adjustment, and started shortening a tripod leg!

Here is a catch-up post since November!

Posted in Astrophotography, cats, Macro, Wide Angle on January 7, 2019 by budbranch

At the inaugural ball with Michelle Lujan Grisham

Chief cat Lilly

Snowed in

Comet 46P/Wirtanen and the Pleiades

Sweet music jam

Taos Mountain

Goodnight Moon

Taos Canyon frost

Pre-election rally with Michelle Lujan Grisham

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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I Hung Some New Prints at The Spot!

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Astrophotography, Camera-On-A-Stick, Canon 7D, Composite, Gopro Hero5, Handheld, HDR, Wide Angle on February 17, 2018 by budbranch

Stop by The Coffee Spot and check them out! (the are cat photos too!)IMG_5407Spot event image

Lunar Eclipse 1/31/18

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light on January 31, 2018 by budbranch

Tripod, 200mm, manual focus, mirror lockup, self timer.  REAL COLD!

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