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Auroras & Atmospherics
PhotographerDidier Van Hellemont
LocationLaukvik, Lofoten Island, Norway
DateMarch 18, 2010 @ 1 am
EquipmentNikon D3 on tripod, 10 seconds at f/2.8 with a 24-70 mm lens (at 27 mm), 1600 ISO.
DescriptionA really bright aurora turned the landscape around us green. The magnetometer at the Polarlightcenter on the Lofoten islands (Norway, Europe) never let us down and warned us whenever the northern lights were out.
DateMarch 27, 2010, 10:30PM MDT
EquipmentCanon XSi on a tripod Stock 18-55mm lens with focal length set to 18mm Stop: f/5.6 Exposure: 1 frame 10 seconds Gain: ISO 800
DescriptionA high haze was hanging over Edmonton, Alberta on Mar 27th. I took this image at 10:31PM of the 12 day old Moon surrounded by a lunar halo complete of moondogs. The constellation of Leo is also visible in the image. Saturn is also present in the image and is located at about 8 o'clock of the Moon (an annotated image can be found here: http://cosmicjourney.net/images/photos/big/Moondog1280-Annot.jpg)
LocationGuffey, Colorado, USA
DateDec 10-14, 2009
EquipmentVideo allsky camera
DescriptionThe image is a composite of five nights of data, leading up to the Geminid peak on December 14. It shows 419 Geminid meteors; over 100 meteors that were sporadic or members of other showers have been removed. 232 of the meteors were imaged on the evening of the peak.
LocationDeath Valley, California
DateDec 13, 2009 8PM-2AM
EquipmentOrion Sirius mount, Nikon D300 with 24mm f/2 lens at f/2.8. 650 frames at 30 seconds, ISO 6400.
DescriptionI wanted to get meteor trails showing the radiant near Castor. Since it wass snowing near Reno had to go far south. Worked well, but all the really brilliant meteors were near the horizon, and thus not in the picture.
DateJuly 29 2009
PhotographerMonica Andreea DRAGAN
DateAugust 13th, 2009 00:27:54 AM EDT
EquipmentTripod mounetd Nikon D50 with 35mm f/1.8 lens. 10s exposure, f/2, ISO 1600.
DescriptionAround midnight on August 12/13th I took the photo of this bright Perseid meteor, passing through the Big Dipper. It made the astrophotography session and the whole stargazing night worthwhile.
PhotographerJohn W. O'Neal, II
DateAugust 12, 2009, 2:30-4:3-am
EquipmentCanon 40D piggybacked on a Losmandy G-11 inside a Skyshed POD.
DescriptionOn the morning of August 12th at about 2:30am there was a marked increase in meteors. At 2:30 Perseus was still pretty close to the horizon and I was shooting up higher in the Pegasus - Cassiopia are to stay above the skydome. An intersting effect was that the Perseid did not rain down out of the overhead sky, but seemed to rise up out of the trees and horizon. Fron 2:30 to 3:30 the meteors rose atr about a 5 minute pace. From 3:30 to 4:30 they appeared every 2:5 minutes. At 4:30 the moon burst out from behind a tree in my yard and the show immediately stopped. This image is a composite with nine of the best meteors...
LocationHolland Michigan USA
Date9th August 2009, 8 PM
EquipmentCanon A560 ISO 200, f/2.6 , 1/200 sec exposure
DescriptionIt is indeed a rare site to have a complete semicircular rainbow. Thanks to the upcoming hurricane season which brings such colorful sites for us.
LocationGolf Club, Luvinate (VA), Italy
Date12 Aug 2009, 22.34 UT
EquipmentCanon 350D, 20mm f/2.5, 20 s exp, 400 iso.
DescriptionA perseid meteor falling stright above the lights of Lake of Varese, northern Italy. The foreground is from hole 10 at the Luvinate Golf Club, while ending a pubblic star party.
PhotographerJohn W. O'Neal, II
DateAugust 13th, 2009, 2:10am
EquipmentCanon 40D piggybacked on Losmandy G-11
DescriptionThis was a Perseid Meteor that travelled across the sky and thenfizzled out. Note that it started out green and then changed to red as it travelled through the sky.