July 20, 2008

Camping in the Backyard

On July 17, one of my sons and I camped out in the backyard. I pulled the 100mm f/6 out for a look at Jupiter and saw Ganymede about to move behind the planet. I watched until I could see the tiny bulge of the moon sit on Jupiter's edge like a profile of a mole on the planet's face, and then I turned in for the night. The almost full moon cast shadows on the back of the house. Image with XTi, ISO 200, 15-seconds, brightened up a bit.

July 14, 2008


This is Luna with the XTi through the AT66ED, a 400mm f/6 lens. The image was taken late in the evening of the 13th.

Mars & Saturn II

Here is another development of the same shot, with more careful processing. I subtracted a dark from this one and stretched it primarily in Nebulosity. It is the same data, but the result is smoother in this one, I think.

July 6, 2008

Saturn Mars Regulus Luna II

Here are more views of the July 5th alignment, at various ISO settings and exposures.

Saturn Mars Regulus Luna - July 5th

Here's what they looked like last night, in that order, with clouds moving by. The image only begins to do justice to the real thing. Canon XTI, 8-second exposure at ISO 800, resized.