Monthly Archives March 2013

PANSTARRS Comet

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Subject: C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: 1 second at 800 ISO. f/5.6

I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a photograph of PANSTARRS on its first recorded visit! Look closely at the bottom, near the center and you will spot it.

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Saturn Early in the Evening

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Subject: Saturn
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~1000 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

Here is my first attempt at Saturn. This was taken a little after midnight when the planet had only risen about 15 degrees from the horizon. Due to its low angle, visibility was highly affected by atmospheric seeing. That is why it looks so blurry.

This was actually about my third time of ever even seeing Saturn through a telescope. There is something eerily breathtaking about Saturn that humbles me every time I see it.

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Second Try at Jupiter

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Subject: Jupiter
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~600 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

Here is a second try at Jupiter. After learning a few techniques for increasing resolution and normalizing the color, I had to try again. Unfortunately, the planet was turned so I could not see the great red spot.

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A First Attempt at Astrophotography

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Subject: Jupiter and one Galilean moon
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~1000 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

This was my first attempt at astrophotography. I was able to mitigate problems with atmospheric seeing by using my camera to take video and stacking the resulting frames. This was the result of about 1000 frames stacked and processed. I accidentally set my white balance to tungsten when taking the video so I had to play with the curves quite a bit in order to bring the color back out of the bands.

I was lucky enough to not only catch a glimpse of the great red spot, but also a moon. This tends to be very difficult in planetary astrophotography due to the brightness of planets...

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