Archive for the sky Category

Obligatory “Super” Moon Shot

Posted in Astrophotography, Canon 7D, sky with tags on November 19, 2016 by budbranch

img_8893I tried to use iPhone app Sky Guide to predict where the moon would rise on the horizon – it was off by 10 degrees or so…  We were set up behind Taos Mountain, so by the time the moon peeked over the mountain, the sky was really dark (which makes exposure tricky).   And boy, it REALLY rises fast (approximately one moon-diameter every two minutes).

This image: tripod, cable release 70-200 at 150mm, 1/100 sec f/10 ISO 200 extreme crop.

Persied Meteor Shower

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, sky with tags on August 12, 2016 by budbranch

comp2IMG_1995-EditIMG_2430IMG_2465IMG_2557I made 1,000 or so 20 second exposures last night: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ISO 6400, Lightroom for dehaze and noise reduction, Starstax for the composite.  Go ahead – order a print – you know you want to!

Moonless Sky, Looking North

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, sky, Wide Angle on July 4, 2016 by budbranch

180 or so 25-second exposures, composited together using “Starstax” software.

f/4, ISO 3200

 

Go ahead – order a print…

circumpolar star motion

Sunset

Posted in sky, Time Lapse on July 3, 2016 by budbranch

Taos sunset 0702 from Bud Branch on Vimeo.

Ultralight Salute

Posted in 5DMII, Handheld, sky on May 27, 2016 by budbranch

Neighbor Chris throws the Shaka sign over Taos CanyonShaka

Star Trails

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky, Wide Angle on May 14, 2016 by budbranch

These images are composites of multiple frames: 25, 53, 76, and 157, so at 30 seconds per exposure, the images capture 12, 25, 38, and 78 minutes of star movement.  I use free software called StarStaX to blend them all together.star trails star trails star trails star trails

Night Sky

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky on May 7, 2016 by budbranch

Prospecting for Eta Aquarids meteors – none in this frame.  Looking southeast, thirty second exposures f/4.0, 17MM ISO 6400.  I set the camera up at 10:30 and set a self-timer delay for 3-1/2 hours, so it would start making exposures around 2AM.   Mars is low at right.

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These next two are consecutive 30 second frames showing an aircraft (given away by the strobing beacon lights), and a satellite that brightened and dimmed during the 60 seconds it took to make these images.

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There are meteors in both of these images:

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Twin satellites – interesting:

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Meteor and aircraft:

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As dawn was breaking, a classic Iridium flare, top right:
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