Aug 312011
 
Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia

Famous all summer long (and into the winter), Casseopeia is one of my favorites.  I will just show off this picture and then let it speak for itself.  This is the resulting stacked and color-adjusted image of 50+ images taken over the course of about 20 minutes.  Again, no tracking was used so the individual pictures were pretty short.

Next time, I am going to get the Time Machine out and see what we can do while actually tracking something up there…

Aug 292011
 

Altair is a very bright star just under 17 light years away. It’ s one of the three stars of the Summer Triangle. It’s part of the “face” of the constellation Aquila the Eagle. It’s also the main subject of the first image taken with my new DSLR and then stacked, adjusted, and prettied up to look good.
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Aug 282011
 
The sky as seen straight overhead

Look straight up for ten seconds on a good, cloudless, moonless night.  Then close your eyes.  Now do it 99 more times.  Now take the best parts of the best 70 views you remember and turn it into a picture.  That’s called “stacking.”

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Aug 242011
 
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/photomicrography/images/exposure/characteristicfeatures.jpg

Astropotamus has been absent this summer from the Time Machine.  This is due, in part, to being busy, but also because it’s somewhat frustrating to take image of the heavens with the camera that I put at the end of the Time Machine.  Luckily, I just bought a new one.

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