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#1 rospondek

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 03:16 PM

Weather is crazy these days. For two days it was clouds everywhere. Including my house - the smog I mean. Today's evening big storm for over and hour with really heavy rain. And now? Crystal clear sky :D

That's why I tried to catch the biggest planet in our system. The mighty Jupiter.

 

Unfortunately only 200mm, still no telescope but anyway. 1/250s, ISO 1600, f/2.8.

 

About 100 photos made, around 50 picked to stack in Photoshop and here it is. A Pale Brown Dot. Astronomy geeks will know this name. And everybody else just have to watch the video in the end of this post.

 

And now just enjoy this tiny photo of the biggest planet.

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:34 AM

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:01 AM

Hi, thanks :D

 

Unfortunately it is too bright in the city to catch the moons on any untrailed shot (so below 1/250). They just fade in the background.

 

I made to catch a very faint trails of them on 13s shot (120mm, ISO 400, f/2.8). You really have to want to see them but believe me they are there :) Trails fits perfectly with Stellarium prediction.

Both black and inverted images below. Of course big blob in the middle is Jupiter ;)

 

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I might try a +5 seconds exposition with tracking but, I guess the Jupiter's glare, which obviously will stack up in the longer exposure, will overlay them. But maybe Ganymede and Callisto will be visible because of the greater distance. I really don't know.

 

Just hope the clouds will let me find this 5-10 seconds gap to catch this.

 

P.S.

Oh how I want a real telescope...



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:18 AM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:13 AM

Great stuff!

Its amazing what you can do with a 200mm lens and a lot of dedication. :)



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:46 AM

Happy to see you like it Roderick

I'd love to show the other side of photography.

 

Unfortunately weather is again bad so no new photos till Monday(???)



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:15 PM

Well, theres a blocking moving in out here in the Atlantic, so maybe it will bring some clear skies to Poland ? ;)



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

Maybe. About time I'd say. I was scheduled for tomorrow to hopefully catch Sombrero galaxy (M104) itself and the little trinity - Jupiter, Spica and Sombrero - as they are right now really close.

 

It is really annoying when five months in a row you can't set the equipment cause even Polaris is impossible to see. Of course I can do that more or less (compass and latitude* is roughly enough) but it is rather 'less' with the 200mm.

The weather is getting worse with every month these days.

 

*or a flatitude as the vsauce named it. Which youtube channel I really recommend to every science geek or nerd or just fan :)



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:23 PM

Great youtube link !



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:40 PM

This is what Jupiter and its moons look like in a dark sky environment. I exposed for the moons so Jupiter was completely blown out.

0.5 sec F5.6 ISO 800 @400mm

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:26 PM

Roderick, glad you like it. I guess you also think that this is the perfect teacher you never had but always wanted. School would be beautiful with such teachers.

 

TrailEx oh this is so pretty. So tiny but yet so cute :D

Where exactly was it taken?



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:33 PM

That was out in the desert near the Grand Canyon this last summer. It was so awesome looking at Jupiter with my 400mm lens for the first time (note: this photo was not the first time) and being startled to find that the Galilean moons were perfectly visible. No wonder Galileo was able to see them with a 16th century telescope.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

So truly dark place at its best. All of the astrophotos from the Grand Canyon I saw were beyond marvelous. Congratulation of this great trip :)

 

As for Galileo for the second time on this forum. The more our civilization is advanced, the less we can see above our heads. Oh irony...





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