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PhotographerDavid Michael Carter
LocationLeague City, TX
DateAugust 3, 2011. Approx. 1:30 A.M.
EquipmentBody: Canon 550D (T2i) Lens: 50mm f/1.8 (Mark 1) Tripod used. 5 Second exposure, ISO 1600, Stopped to f/2.8 Nine images stacked with DSS. Contrast enhanced.
DescriptionThe other night, I was using my 50mm lens to search for new photo subjects around Sagittarius. I was taking a 5 second exposure when a meteor filled the frame. The position of the meteor rules out the possibility of it being a Capricornid. Perseus was very low on the northeastern horizon at the time, making it highly unlikely that I caught an early Perseid. It seems that I caught a stray meteor in the narrow frame of a 50mm lens, during a 5 second exposure. I am also about 20 minutes from Downtown Houston, making the light pollution horrible. Visible in the photo are M16, M17, M18, M22, M23, M24, and M25.
PhotographerSusan Cooley and Alex McConahay
LocationMy backyard in Los Angeles, CA
Date9:00 pm May 5, 2011
EquipmentCanon EOS Digital Rebel with Tamron 200-500 lens mounted on a tripod
DescriptionFrom my backyard, this picture was take of the two day old new crescent moon setting in the west. The moon hangs in the sky as if dangling from a string right next to the Griffith Observatory. The Observatory is located on top of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park which is right in the middle of the City of Los Angeles, CA The photo was taken by Susan J. Cooley and edited by Alex McConahay.
Equipmentcanon 500d , Tristar tripod , estimated 130 photos
Descriptionthis the castel where the mongolians couldn't conquered it , and at last the burn it , this castle belongs to hassan sabbah , in saljughi period
Date02:20 UT, 07-27-2011
EquipmentOlympus C-750 UZ digital camera, with a FLD filter, and a polarizing filter. Exposure time: 1/1000 second, at f/8.0 ISO 50.
DescriptionI went out and decided I'd try zooming in closer while the Sun was setting for a closer and better view with higher resolution and detail, I made sure to set the aperture as small as possible, and used the FLD and polarizing filters to bring out more detail and reduce brightness. I also used a noise reduction setting on the camera.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
Date07/20/2011, 09:09ut, 09:11ut
EquipmentWO ZenithStar ED80II APO, F6.9, P/B LX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE mount, PGR Flea3 Ccd, PowerMate 2.5x Barlows.
DescriptionA final transit of Atlantis over Puerto Rico and within hours of landing. Reaching an altitude of 84° and minutes later the ISS reaching at 87° altitude and close to transiting in front of the Moon. It was a magnificent event and one to last a lifetime.
Date07/20/11 @ 5:43AMCST
EquipmentFuji S2 Pro SLR: ISO100, F4, (2) 15 second exposures. Heavily processed in PS.
DescriptionI saw the space shuttle pass overhead for the last time this morning! Beautiful! The photo is a compilation overlay of two images (15 second exposures) taken about 15 seconds apart, which is why you see two sets of streaks with a gap in the middle. Because of the brightness of the sky this morning, I had to process the heck out of the images. This is why you see noisy dots in the streaks rather than a nice clean line. The paths only showed up in the RED channel (and then, only barely so). I copied out the RED channel info and adjusted the levels until just the streaks remained, then did a lighten overlay of just the streak pixels into the composite RGB background image. We were supposed to see both the space shuttle and the ISS this morning. I don't know which this is, or if it's both because of proximity. I expect we'll know more when other folks post their images. -Mike
Location+43° 16' 9.56", +22° 9' 37.94"
EquipmentNikon D90/Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 lens
DescriptionA group of astronomers photographed against sky backdrop
Date14.07.2011 10.08.04 AM
EquipmentSkyWatcher 80ED PRO, Baader ND 3.8, Meade Telextender 2X, Canon 50D, Losmandy GM-8.
DescriptionThis is the last flight of space shuttle Atlantis into space. Therefore I've decided to photograph this unique event. I've managed to capture ISS and Atlantis connected together.
DateMay 7th and 9th
EquipmentManually Guided 12 inch F5 Dobsonian Reflector 42MM eyepiece and Canon 130SX compact camera using High Defintion video and Registack5
DescriptionTwo times the ISS made an extraordinary Pass over Tampa. The later Pass was taken during my lunch hour from the parking lot where I work in Downtown Tampa with a limiting magnitude of 2! Yes, I got a lot of funny looks! (Member of Chiefland Astronomy Village.) I will delete the caption if you wish!
Date6/13/2011 7:30 MST
EquipmentCanon Rebel Xti with a Canon EFS 18-55 lens.
DescriptionFrom my home in the Rocky Mountain foothills North of Lyons, CO I lookup up to see the Moon sitting on top of a gigantic shelf of cloud, itself a very beautiful Anvil Thunderhead. With no time to waste, I ran to the house and quickly setup the camera and blasted off 20 or so shots before the moon disappeard beneath the white veil of cloud. Here's one shot, cropped by my friend Joe Glynn of Boulder.