Here’s the other thing I was imaging. Because of the low number of subs and lack of flat frames, there are quite a few dust donuts visible on this image. I may spring for an EL panel or something to do good flat frames… We’ll see.
Boy, it was nice to be out again. And the Cardinals won, so that was a bonus.
It has been nearly a year since I really did some astrophotography. That has been for a number of reasons, mostly weather-related, but also because I’ve taken up model building and have just been really busy. Tonight was beautiful – a bit humid, but clear. I just had to get out and do some imaging. And I did. I took some nice shots of M8 and M31. With M8, in particular (shown above) I did shots at 1, 5, 15, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 360 seconds to use as a demonstration in my Barnard Astronomical League presentation next week.
This is the other Messier Object I imaged this evening.
This is one of the widefield Messier Objects I imaged tonight.
I haven’t been blogging much – I’ve been busy and the weather hasn’t cooperated. Tonight is quite nice, however and I’m imaging a couple things – this is the Moon.
It was a nice night last night – I had a chance to share Saturn, Mars and M13 with some neighbors and afterward took this image of M20, the Trifid Nebula.
Last night at Cloudland Canyon, the Barnard Astronomical Society had a star party/meteor watch. I took 3 of my boys and we watched the meteor shower. Overall, we saw 20 or 30 meteors total – not a lot – but it was neat anyway. The shot above is the only one of a meteor that I got. It’s in the upper left corner.
At this point, Venus is completely in front of the Sun.
At a certain point, because of the atmosphere of Venus, there’s a kind of teardrop shape as it completely enters the Sun – this is at that moment.
This image is from the start of the Transit. More images soon.