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2009-04-29 8:00:05 PM  
Welcome to Farktography!

This Week's Theme: "Farkstronomy"

: The sun/moon/stars/planets/other celestial objects or observatory equipment. Stacked exposures allowed, but not HDR. Difficulty: No sunrises, sunsets, cloudy sun/moon shots, or the like.

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2009-04-29 8:00:28 PM  
The Moon and Venus Full Size

(pops larger)

2009-04-29 8:00:36 PM  

buckscorner.comView Full Size

King of Twilight
Cepheus the King rising just before daybreak
Stacked image, 30 seconds X 100 exposures
bigr at Flickr

2009-04-29 8:00:54 PM  
afternoon moon Full Size


2009-04-29 8:00:57 PM  
"Scoped and Streaked" Full Size

My late father's 10 inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope against the night sky. Lit with the blue light of my remote shutter release. Stacked exposure, about 8 minutes for the star trails and about 2 minutes for the plane trail.
2009-04-29 8:01:22 PM  
Moon Flare Full Size

(pops larger)

2009-04-29 8:01:24 PM  

buckscorner.comView Full Size

Mauna Kea, Clearly the Best
Milky Way and Zodiacal light at the Mauna Kea secondary observation level, approximately 10,000 feet altitude
(A similar but different photo from the same set was submitted for "At the end of the day")
bigr at Flickr

2009-04-29 8:01:41 PM  
2009-04-29 8:02:09 PM  

buckscorner.comView Full Size

Sun with Proto-spot 4/28/09 in Hydrogen-Alpha
Early Morning 4/28/09, a magnetic disturbance struggled but failed to form a sunspot. The magnetic signature indicated that it was still part of the waining cycle 23, suggesting that the current sunspot drought (the second longest ever recorded) still has no endpoint in sight.
Image filtered with Thousand Oaks Optical RG Film and Lumicon Night-Sky Hydrogen Alpha, false-colored in camera
bigr at Flickr

2009-04-29 8:02:17 PM  
2009-04-29 8:02:41 PM  
speedpicks.comView Full Size

The Moon - highly overexposed and shot though screen material to produce the cross and "rainbows."
2009-04-29 8:03:04 PM  
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Magnified Big Dipper

Twinkling stars turn into circles when magnified!

2009-04-29 8:03:30 PM  
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2009-04-29 8:04:15 PM  
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2009-04-29 8:04:21 PM  
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2009-04-29 8:04:31 PM  
"Conjunction Junction" Full Size

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, Nov 27, 2008
2009-04-29 8:05:55 PM  
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2009-04-29 8:06:33 PM Full Size

Some star trails.
2009-04-29 8:06:54 PM  
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Venus and the Moon taken 4/22/2009 at 6:23am
2009-04-29 8:08:08 PM  
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Star on Big Dipper Handle
All the stars on the handle of the Big Dipper are in shades of blue when mega magnified. Does this show star colors or is the camera picking up something else?

2009-04-29 8:08:28 PM  
1 of 3 Full Size

Bayport, Fl

Exit this ^^ way.
2009-04-29 8:09:17 PM  
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Full moon (45 mins of stacked images)
/Click image to pop a bigger version

2009-04-29 8:10:01 PM  
stevecollis.comView Full Size

Backyard (45 mins of stacked images)
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2009-04-29 8:10:47 PM  
stevecollis.comView Full Size

Arts Centre Spire (345 8 second images)
/Click image to pop a bigger version

2009-04-29 8:10:47 PM Full Size
2009-04-29 8:12:21 PM Full Size

Full moon
2009-04-29 8:16:43 PM  
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2009-04-29 8:17:02 PM  
3 of 3 Full Size

Moon over Hudson Beach
2009-04-29 8:21:10 PM  
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6 minute exposure @ f/4 and ISO 200, shot from the face of the Mendenhall Glacier on a frozen glacier lake.
click for larger
2009-04-29 8:25:18 PM  
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30 seconds @ f/1.8, ISO 3200 taken from roughly the same place as the first
click for larger
2009-04-29 8:29:52 PM  
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You can click on the image for a bigger version in a new window if you like.

And yes, it's yet another shot of the Moon and Venus stepping out together. The blob is a tree that was almost in the way.
2009-04-29 8:30:36 PM  
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30 seconds @ f/1.8, 3200 ISO. shot from the same position as the previous two, just turned to look up the glacier.

click for larger
2009-04-29 8:35:14 PM Full Size

A falling star streaks past a planet
2009-04-29 8:36:45 PM Full Size

Falling star and planet a moment later
2009-04-29 8:38:33 PM Full Size


The cheap remote from Hong Kong didn't seem to work, so this is the result of how long I was willing to press the shutter button.
2009-04-29 8:39:15 PM Full Size

2009-04-29 8:41:29 PM Full Size

2009-04-29 8:56:31 PM  

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2009-04-29 8:57:20 PM  

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2009-04-29 8:58:15 PM  

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2009-04-29 9:11:55 PM  
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Northern Lights, Iceland. I shot this free-hand using a street sign for support. If you look closely at the top of the image you can see the sign.
2009-04-30 12:02:29 AM Full Size

Caltech Submillimeter array, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
2009-04-30 12:04:53 AM Full Size

Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
2009-04-30 12:05:00 AM  
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Moon...light. Moonlight.
(sorry) :)

2009-04-30 12:06:30 AM Full Size

Gemini-North, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
2009-04-30 12:08:30 AM  
1/3 Full Size

Orion and the Pleiades star cluster. 30 second exposure.
2009-04-30 12:09:27 AM  
2/3 Full Size

2009-04-30 12:11:14 AM  
3/3 Full Size

thirty minute exposure pointed southish. I do not remember what I pointed it at originally.
2009-04-30 12:14:57 AM Full Size

The Mayall 4m (158 inch) telescope at Kitt Peak.
2009-04-30 12:15:39 AM  
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Aurora over Halifax Nova Scotia
2009-04-30 12:17:17 AM Full Size

From just north of Tucson. 300mm at f/5.6 for 1/50 sec.
2009-04-30 12:18:29 AM Full Size

on the catwalk of the 5m (200 inch) Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory
2009-04-30 12:19:44 AM  
pbase.comView Full Size

2009-04-30 12:23:44 AM Full Size

A view of some of the telescopes at Kitt Peak.
2009-04-30 12:35:02 AM Full Size

Hope y'all don't mind me busting out this oldie. (Hale Bop '97) Took this with a beat up Hassy back in the day. As you can see the back was so bad the light leaked into the sides even at night. God, what a piece of shiat that thing was.
2009-04-30 12:35:16 AM  
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My ambitious reach for Saturn with a 4.5" Dob and my digital camera held up to the eyepiece.
2009-04-30 12:38:57 AM  
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A more realistic target for a 4.5" Dob and my digital camera held up to the eyepiece. ;) Gray filter on the telescope.
2009-04-30 12:39:15 AM  
msu.eduView Full Size

Comet 17P/Holmes, taken with my old Canon S1IS and no extra optics. Clicky for full size version on flickr.
2009-04-30 12:41:05 AM  
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Full Moon, taken through my telescope during the last total lunar eclipse. B&W image (hence no red moon).
2009-04-30 12:41:55 AM  
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The moon!

Tamron 500mm/8 on Nikon D70s
2009-04-30 12:44:59 AM  
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Orion Nebula, taken with my 5" reflector and a CCD chip. 4 stacked images.
2009-04-30 12:49:24 AM  
Mars, when it was close (Aug 2003? 2004?) Can't 'member. Done with eyepiece projection into a crappy 1.3MP camera, using a home-made eyepiece clamp rig on my 8" Dob. That I got anything at all was amazing that night.

You can see lots of detail in this one, even if it's not crystal clear.

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2009-04-30 1:08:55 AM  
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It'll be overdone by the end of the thread, but here's my full moon pic. Taken with a 300mm lens. Clicky^ for bigger.
2009-04-30 1:12:40 AM Full Size

Also taken at the Kuiper 61" telescope.
2009-04-30 1:33:16 AM  
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2009-04-30 1:48:49 AM  
[image from too old to be available]
2009-04-30 3:07:11 AM  
My observatory
2009-04-30 3:14:28 AM  
Well, maybe you won't get to see it unless you go here:

Link (new window)

/newbie getting my "non-image" URL dropped :(
2009-04-30 3:19:34 AM  
Ah... Maybe I need the .jpg on the end..

One more time, with feeling.

My observatory: Full Size
2009-04-30 5:14:39 AM  

flaminglip: No votey? I love it :P

Bugger! Let's try that again... Full Size
(new window)

2009-04-30 7:13:56 AM  
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Comet McNaught over the Olympic Mountains, November, 2006

Kodak EasyShare P850
2009-04-30 8:31:04 AM  
Ah, what the hell, one more for luck; the Orion Nebula Full Size

Click to embiggen (pops).

Stack of 18x30 second exposures. 8" reflector, f4. Given the processing I need to do on these to get rid of the effects of light pollution, not sure this strictly fits the rules - but all processing has been done across the whole image. Should fit within the spirit of the rules :)
2009-04-30 9:20:43 AM  
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Long exposure of the moon rising behind Tumutumu Mountain on Ofu Island, American Samoa.

The bonfire is on the beach, and the spidery-looking thing is me dancing in front of the fire. A friend stands nearby on the left.
2009-04-30 10:30:19 AM Full Size
2009-04-30 11:13:32 AM Full Size

The Moon, Venus, Saturn and Mars lined up. Taken June 17, 2007
2009-04-30 1:13:25 PM  
IC 1795

9x1800s through a 7nm HA filter

[image from too old to be available]
2009-04-30 1:25:38 PM  
One more, this time with voting I guess

IC 410 (Tadpoles) 24*600s also through a 7nm HA filter

[image from too old to be available]
2009-04-30 4:26:40 PM  
www1.picfront.orgView Full Size

1/400 exposure, f/4, 200mm, iso-200. first farktography gentle
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