Astrophotography – Landscape

Mercury25/02/19

With clear skies over the next two evenings Mercury makes a good target as it approaches greatest eastern elongation (on27th) visible from approx. 18:15 till 19:00, looking to the west south west and with a good clear horizon, try spotting it with binoculars first.

All images taken with Canon 450D on tripod, cable shutter release , manual focus, all 1600 !SO  with Sigma 150 – 500 mm zoom lens.

 

 

 

 

F10, 1.6″ 150mm, atmospheric lighting courtesy of street lights.

 

 

F8,0.8″, 150mm

 

 

F8, 1/8″, 200mm

 

 

Up close and personal at F8, 0.8″, 500mm

 

Unfortunately didn’t have a photogenic church steeple to hand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insomnia Rules OK

Well, I seem to have joined two clubs recently. One is the insomnia club, and the second is the Roger Samworth School of Double Glazing Photography

I was awake in the early hours today and just happened to glance out of the window to see this fantastic sight. It’s (from left to right) Venus, Moon , Jupiter and Antares

 

NIce, huh?

Venus – Jupiter conjunction this morning – 22/01/2019

Here is this morning’s conjunction from the window-sill.

The inset images are with the 80mm f/5 refractor with 2X X2 barlows and PD camera.

Imaging Jupiter’s moons and surface in the morning twilight was a bit of a challenge, but I got something with a bit of help from GIMP. There are also some stars visible, including Antares peeping through the tree.

Solargraphs – Summer>Winter Solstice 2018

All from Baked Bean cans within a 10 mile radius, using Ilford Multigrade B&W paper. Scanned and played with in Photoshop.

Andy’s first one, slightly different angle to his usual version.

And his second – massive amounts of water damage (was still a few mm of rain in the bottom of the can), but love the effect it’s created. This is his usual angle (so can be compared to previous attempts). Can just make out the house bottom right of centre and the tree to the left.

Mine, screwed to the house, SSE facing.

Sister’s from her new home. Was surprised at the very upper sun trace, but it can be matched to my own above. Thought at first it must have moved or have been a reflection from the inside top of the can. The cans are painted black inside and any movement would have created a double image of the houses – there isn’t anything to suggest that.

One I made up for a lady at my new workplace.

Damian

(Another!), Moon and Venus from Tuesday 4th Dec

My works Nikon D7000DX (APS-C) and my own (full frame) Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, hand-held out the bedroom window.

 

Jpegs straight off the camera.

 

7.09am ISO125 1/20 f/2.8 84mm (Focal length in 35mm)

 

7.34am ISO100 1/50 f/3.2 82mm (Focal length in 35mm)

 

7.35am ISO100 1/60 f/3.5 70mm (Focal length in 35mm)

 

7.35am ISO100 1/60 f/3.5 82mm (Focal length in 35mm)

Damian

Scottish atmospherics

Nothing much astronomical on our recent trip around around the North Coast 500 in Scotland.  (https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/driving-road-trips/north-coast-500/) Fantastic, by the way. Totally lives up to its billing as “Scotland’s stunning answer to Route 66 – – – named one of the top coastal road trips in the world”)

However, lots of nice atmospherics – rainbows and crepescular rays. Here are a few of them.

The last one I couldn’t resist posting – Salmon leaping to get a better view of the sky at the Falls of Shin!