Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pics from December 17th

So I'm still not using the autoguider, nor are any of these pics stacked.... but I'm getting better at polar alignment using the scope in the mount AND this time I used a program I made in Backyard EOS to step through taking a set of pictures at various exposures / ISO's - 2 photos at each setting.  Pretty darn slick.....   Use Starsense to step up the scope, computer to Goto object, focus (I only did this once?), let Backyard EOS take a set of shots, then go on to next object.  =)

Still thinking these pics will get better.  In addition to improved tracking and stacking, I still have on my wish list a new focuser ;)

For the "scrap book."

M31 and friends =) (the low-hanging fruit of celestial objects <3)


30 seconds; 6400 ISO

 30 seconds; 6400 ISO

M76 (Little Dumbell.... see if you can spot it!)


20 seconds; 3200 ISO

 20 seconds; 12800 ISO

 30 seconds; 3200 ISO

M110 (and M31 = picture hog ;)

10 seconds; 3200 ISO

 20 seconds; 3200 ISO

20 seconds; 12800 ISO

30 seconds; 3200 ISO 
I accidentally bumped the mount but thought it was kind of a cool effect... 

NGC663 ~ Open Cluster in Cassiopeia

10 seconds; 3200 ISO

20 seconds; 800 ISO

20 seconds; 3200 ISO 

 30 seconds; 800 ISO
Not sure why the aspect is suddenly different for this photo....




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I've lived in southeastern Iowa all of my life, now with my wonderful family ~ husband and 3 children. 

I've been teaching science now at the local community college for over 10 year now.  I teach both in the class room and online settings.  I have a passion for ALL PHYSICAL SCIENCE! 

Sometimes I both drift off to sleep and wake up thinking of science.  Science ROCKS ~ but even more so the Creator whose imagination thought up this wonderful universe we call home ROCKS EVEN MORE!  lol