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Skyscapes & Constellations
EquipmentCanon 350D (self-mod Baader UV/IR filter), Zenitar firstname.lastname@example.org($9) with B&W Redhancer filter, auto-guided on Losmandy G-8 with Astrolumina through TAIR 300/4.5; 19x10min @ISO1600 + 15x30s @ISO1600 Preprocessed in IRIS, post-processing in PS CS2&CS4 Adzine Livade (Adza's meadows), Sumadija, Serbia, Balkans.
Description...amazing revealing of dust, nebula, stars, clusters just popped out after modifying my DSLR for better response to important wavelengths from space. A true winter constellation in another view.
LocationCabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
DateNovember 24 2009 at 9:54pm
EquipmentKodak Z740 set at F/2.8 for 8 seconds and an ISO of 400.
DescriptionHere in Puerto Rico we celebrate the coming of the three kings which is represented by the three stars in Orion's belt. On the eve of this day,January 5, the children place grass under their beds to feed the Camels that carry the three kings. Its like leaving Santa a glass of milk to reward him for his long journey. We now celebrate Christmas like you folks in the united states but we also celebrate the coming of the three kings, so I have combined both cultures in one photo.
Date10-16-09 5:51 am
EquipmentKodak EasyShare cx7330 on tripod with night setting-flash disabled.
DescriptionMoon & Venus pairing at dawn,with Mercury visible at lower left above trees.Possibly the final conjunction for the Moon & Venus for this year.
PhotographerJ G Duker
LocationCougar Peak, MT
EquipmentCanon EOS 40D EF-S 17-85mm at 28mm f4.5 12 seconds Manfrotto 3051 tripod with 410 3275 head
DescriptionCapella in Auriga, Perseus, Pleiadeas, Venus and Mars from Cougar Peak Lookout Cabin, Montana at dawn on July 5 2009
LocationSharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada
DateSeptember 12, 2009 @ 10:00pm
EquipmentCanon Rebel XT with Sigma 17-70 @ 17mm, F2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds, Sherpa Tripod. I used a low power flashlight to "paint" the dock.
DescriptionWhile photographing summer skyscapes, a very bright meteor appeared near the horizon. It was short lived but extremely intense.
Date6:20 AM, 9-16-09
EquipmentCanon EOS Rebel XS DSLR with 18-55mm lens on standard alt-az tripod.
DescriptionThis scene was taken this morning with my new Canon EOS Rebel purchased two days ago. I was just hoping for a neat picture. I never expected to virtually reproduce the illustration from your magazine/website.
LocationAlmada - Portugal
EquipmentCanon 400D ISO400 18mm F6.3 and exposures between 8" and 15".
DescriptionI went to the coast of my city, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. I was very wind and many clouds in the sky. I went up the rocks on the beach of Costa da Caparica, in Almada, Portugal and tried to record the beautiful conjunction between the Moon, the Pleiades and the planet Mercury, one of his rare appearances. I took several photos with different exposures, in some images we can see the track of an airplane. In the Crescent Moon we also can se a strong Earthshine.
LocationBucegi Mts., Romania
DateJune 19th, 2009
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D and Canon EF 17-40 f/4L, 30s exposure at f/4.5, ISO 3200.
DescriptionMilky Way above the Sphinx in Bucegi. The Sphinx is a famous geomorphological structure in Bucegi mountains. Some people think it was carved by the Dacians and is an astronomy related monument.
DateApril 9, 2009, 16:49 UT.
EquipmentBresser Skylux 70mm F10 refractor, Canon EOS 450D.
DescriptionVery beautiful moonrise tonight. I had noticed this nice shaped and well placed tree long ago, but this was the first time i managed to capture it inside the rising moon. The moon appeared quite dark photographically because of thin clouds and i had to work at ISO 400.
Location10M SE of Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Date4/27/09 8:40 PM EDT
EquipmentCanon EOS Rebel w/ 100-300mm Canon zoom lens @approx 200mm setting on fixed tripod. Camera was used in programmable auto mode w/ ISO400 selected as film speed. All that and a LOT of luck
Description2 Photos to be considered: One shows the Moon, Mercury, and Pleiades as a wide shot w/ trees on the horizon to provide context. Second image is a tightest possible shot of the 3 with the exposure better suited to showing the whole scence (and particularly the moon) to much better effect. First image is perhaps more "aesthetically appealing" but the 2nd image is much better technically. In either event I think they're good examples of the kind of photo opportunity that your magazine informs amateurs about and that's a good thing. Sending photo #1 now - please reply to email@example.com if you want the other image because it's too large to send at a decent resolution. Speaking of which, do you folks have any facility for accepting 3-4 Mb full resolution files??