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Astrophotography, finally

A telescope is one of those object my wife and I have often talked about getting “one day.” We’re both keen amateur astronomers, but to date we’ve used telescopes from the local astronomical society, or binoculars. Would “one day” ever arrive? For our 15th wedding anniversary we decided to make it arrive. So we set our shiny new telescope up in the front yard with a view of a small square of sky above the house opposite. To the left, the view was annihilated by a street light, to our right a large tree obscured the sky. Then the clouds moved in.

It didn’t matter. We got a good look at many of the stars in Orion, and had an open-mouthed gander at Jupiter and its four moons. We could see Jupiter’s cloud bands, and one of the moons was clearly going behind the planet, creating a nice three-dimensional effect. On objects over 500 million kilometres away.

Later on we focused on the moon, of which we could see a lot. In the end I decided to fulfil another ambition – astrophotography. This I did by simply putting our digital camera over the eyepeice and clicking. The results are better than I had expected, though not as good as could be seen with our own eyes. Yes, I did try with with Jupiter, but I won’t share my images of a blob with four blurred dots next to it.

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Click to embiggen either image. The difference in colour between the two is due to the cloud cover. Clouds didn’t worry the telescope so much, so the second image is the moon covered by cloud, filtering out the ‘light bulb’ effect of the first image. Keeping in mind there is no such thing as moonlight, rather the moon reflects the light of the sun, which is yellow. This is why photos at near full moon (like these) have that yellowish tinge. The clouds made a nice filter though!

 

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