Archive for the Astrophotography Category

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

Dark Sky / Milky Way

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures, Wide Angle on September 22, 2019 by budbranch

 

A sweet, clear, dark night… 

Catching up!

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Astrophotography, Available Light on May 6, 2019 by budbranch

I have been lazy about posting here – here is a little catchup… BTW: to anyone seeing this, you have an invitation to visit anytime!

New Mexico Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense: we successfully lobbied for expanded background checks in NM!

A La Cart (our favorite lunch spot…)

Hummer – we may have a nest nearby…

Hummer

Hummer

Hummer

Hummer

Hummers

Jupiter and 3 of her moons

Friends from C-ville visited

El Salto Falls

Red Winged Blackbird

Nambe Falls (the first cascade)

Moonset in Taos Canyon

Virga sunset

The wind broke my old tripod – this is first shot off the new one!

Our upgraded mailbox

I have some metal prints hanging at The Coffee Spot in Taos

Artist Julie decorating our upgraded mailbox

I visited my grandkids…

The Carwash from Breaking Bad

My son and I are considering a new joint venture…

Roadside antler vendor

Lobbying in The NM Roundhouse

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…

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