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(Farktography) Farktography Theme of Farktography Contest No. 419: "Farkstronomy 2". Details and rules in first post. LGT next week's theme   ( ) divider line 53
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2013-05-11 09:00:23 PM  
Welcome to Farktography!
This Week's Theme: "Farkstronomy 2"

: Stars, Planets, other celestial bodies, spacecraft, or observational equipment. Difficulty: No streetlights. Note: Stacking and other astrophotography techniques are allowed for astrophotos; HDR and other software enhancements are not - all other normal Farktography rules apply.

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2013-05-11 09:49:17 PM

Comet Pan-STARRS as it passed by a few weeks ago.

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2013-05-11 09:51:48 PM

Comet Pan-STARRS a little closer the next night.
2013-05-11 09:55:40 PM

8 second exposure of the space station flying over head last week.
2013-05-11 10:13:16 PM

"Messier 13"
aka "Great globular cluster in Hercules"

44 images, 60 second exposures @ iso 1600
27 images, 30 second exposures @ iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
2013-05-11 10:14:16 PM

"Messier 27"
aka "Dumbbell Nebula"

20 images, 30 second exposures @, iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
2013-05-11 10:15:17 PM

"Messier 53"

9 images, 60 second exposures @ iso 1600
13 images, 30 second exposures @ iso 1600
DeepSkyStacker and Gimp
2013-05-12 01:42:01 AM  

Posting after fluffybunny is intimidating. But here goes.

Overhead in the Adirondacks

I spent 3 nights shooting the sky and this was the best I got. There was an astounding amount of light in the sky to the point that shots over the lake looked like it was daylight. Gonna try some different ideas this year.
2013-05-12 01:47:40 AM

Nighttime on Stone Tower in the Allegheny Mts.

Funny story - shortly after i began shooting atop the tower, 3 car loads of people just showed up. I was afraid they were going to be partiers and I'd be awash in booze soaked idiots who were going to ruin my shots. They turned out to be a group from some summer camp looking through a large telescope one of them had. Turned out to be a pretty pleasant group after all...

At least I'm in before linguine, orionid and ravnostic (among others) blow me out of the water...
2013-05-12 11:40:19 AM
Yosemite Valley at Night
2013-05-12 11:42:23 AM
Night Sky at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
2013-05-12 11:43:03 AM
Yosemite Valley at Night
2013-05-12 01:59:07 PM  
Whirlpool Galaxy

45 images stacked and processed in Deep Sky Stacker. Scope was a Celestron CPC 1100.

//Hubble has spoiled us.
2013-05-12 02:06:11 PM  
ISS transiting the solar disk
Wave 'hi' to Chris Hadfield

6 hours setting up, 3/4 seconds of shooting (I got three frames.)

//Image links to larger version with ISS detail inset.
2013-05-12 02:09:12 PM  
Obligatory Pan-STARR comet image
Near the crescent moon, with earthshine lunar goodness, over Phoenix shortly after sunset
2013-05-12 05:51:44 PM

Magnetic storm AR 1476, and it's smaller relations AR 1477 and AR 1471 as seen on May 10, 2012. Shot in Hydrogen-alpha and IR spectra on a modified Nikon D50. This storm was roughly eight times the size of Earth.

2013-05-12 06:00:02 PM

An Experiment in Urban Star Trails

Using a graduated density filter to tone down the lights on the bridge, I was able to capture star trails over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. 11 1/2 minutes, single exposure.
2013-05-12 06:04:36 PM

30 stacked exposures at 2 minutes each, 24mm f/2.8.
2013-05-12 08:24:19 PM

15 sec exposure
2013-05-12 08:26:10 PM
2013-05-12 08:27:45 PM
2013-05-13 05:45:54 PM

Venus is on the right, Jupiter is on the left.
Sunset at the Doorndraai Game Farm in South Africa (about 200km northwest of Johannesburg)
Taken March 19, 2012
2013-05-13 10:56:24 PM

41 image composite taken with a 40-year-old RV-6 Dynascope and a Phillips SPC-900 webcam
2013-05-13 10:58:44 PM
RV-6, SPC900, 2x Barlow.  1098 stacked frames
2013-05-13 11:01:29 PM
Jupiter and Io.
2013-05-14 09:52:32 PM

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Startrails I - @ El Tarillal.

2013-05-14 09:53:41 PM

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Startrails II - @ El Tarillal.

2013-05-15 08:22:44 AM
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2013-05-15 08:26:28 AM
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2013-05-15 08:27:49 AM
Mont St Michel
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2013-05-15 11:01:59 AM
This is a single exposure. I was on the beach shooting the lunar eclipse with my pitiful equipment, meant only for terrestrial shots. The moon was about to slip behind the fog bank, when a friendly dog came over for a scratch, and bumped my tripod in the process. first I cursed, then I decided to keep it--this photo, not the dog. The dog went home with her owner, both unaware that I had a canine photo assistant that morning.
2013-05-15 11:08:26 AM
If the contest had allowed streetlights, then I wouldn't have cropped out a group of them just to the left. They look like the eyeballs blinking in the dark at the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
2013-05-15 11:19:47 AM

Thanks to all for the delicious examples you have provided! This contest has been timely for me, because I'm just starting to THINK about dipping my toes into more serious astrophotography.
2013-05-15 12:36:21 PM

Clear-ish sky over my roof.
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2013-05-15 04:33:53 PM
2013-05-15 09:50:14 PM  
Transit of Venus

June 5, 2012. Won't happen again until 2117. 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with solar filter and eyepiece projection.
2013-05-15 11:01:57 PM  
Orion Nebula

300mm lens and a bit of a crop
2013-05-16 12:25:34 AM  
Tossing snowballs at Satan, from the looks of the competition; but here goes...
2013-05-16 12:32:14 AM  
#2 (with voting!)

/mods, please remove the previous post. Thanks
2013-05-16 12:36:37 AM  
#3 (really wanted to toss in my Orion Nebula shot, but that's already been here's another nebula in Orion)
2013-05-16 12:51:26 AM
Looking towards the center of the Milky Way
2013-05-16 12:55:34 AM

Looking north
2013-05-16 12:59:04 AM

A little aurora pr0n for you all
2013-05-16 01:39:57 AM  

Previously posted...

Wandered out of the house to take this with smartphone pressed against telescope eyepiece.
/first time trying cell and tele combo. results are good.

21 Jan 2013 10:27 PM
2013-05-16 02:05:04 AM
Transit of Venus June 5th, 2012, from Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Shot with a cell phone camera through the eyepiece of a 5 inch telescope with a dobsonian mount.
2013-05-16 02:10:22 AM  
Moonrise over the Absaroka Mountains. Taken near Livingston, MT.
2013-05-16 02:11:04 AM  
International Space Station passing in front of the Big Dipper. Taken in Emigrant, MT.
2013-05-16 02:13:56 AM  
Venus transiting the Sun. Taken in Fullerton, CA, handheld through a welding helmet.
2013-05-16 06:15:19 AM

M81 and M82 - Canon t1i (unmodded), Celestron C6SGT, 60 frames/2 minutes each @ ISO 800 stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
2013-05-16 07:18:37 AM
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