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Skyscapes & Constellations
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??
Date4/22/2009 about 6.20 am
EquipmentHand-held Canon Digital Rebel XSi
DescriptionThe crescent moon and Venus rising together in the east.
Location9 miles NW of Topeka, Kansas.
DateApril 23, 2009.
EquipmentCanon Rebel XTi (Hutech modified) with an 85mm Nikkor lens @ f/2.8; 6 second exposure at ISO 100. Wide-beam flashlight used to paint the windmill and tree with light.
DescriptionAs I was driving north on Humphrey road in rural Kansas just northwest of Topeka, I spotted this fully intact windmill that beckoned to be the foreground for a twilight image of the planet Mercury.
EquipmentCanon Digital Rebel XSi, handheld. 18-55mm lens.
DescriptionVenus and the crescent moon have risen in the east.
LocationLos Altos, CA, USA
DateApril 26, 2009 9:30pm PDT
EquipmentCanon XTi Rebel with 200mm F2.8 lens.
DescriptionWaxing crescent Moon with very bright Earthshine above the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) which are also above the bright planet Mercury. Below Mercury is the very red variable star AS Arietis.
LocationApartment balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
DateApril 26,2009 at 9:30pm
EquipmentTripod mounetd Canon Rebel 350D with 18-55mm lens set at 55mm with a 10 second exposure at f/5.6, 400 ISO.
DescriptionImage of cresent Moon with Pleiades (M45) and Mercury over Halifax.
LocationAlto, New Mexico
Date2008-06-03, 11:20 PM MDT to 12:05 AM MDT
Equipment2 Canon Rebel XTi cameras with 18-55mm zooms. Homemade tracking plateform (Haig Mount) (stepper motor driven). Camera settings: 18mm (28mm efl), f/4.5, iso 1600. 4 minute exposures.
Description2x4 image mosaic. 4 with each camera. Covers more than 180 degrees rom Little dipper on left to Scorpio on the right. Noise reduction with Noise Ninja 2, cropping and histogram stretch (modest stretch) with Picture Window Pro 2.5, auto stitching done with Panorama Plus 3 (Serif, Inc in the UK). Did an extreme historgram stretch.
Locationmaranjab-central desert of iran
Equipmentnikon D3 and 14-24 lense @ 14 on tripod f/2.8 iso 400 1280 sec
DescriptionI take this photo near the Maranjab caravansary under the dark clear sky .the light pollution in the north of picture caused by qom city and kashan-qom road.
EquipmentNikon D70s, 18-70 mm lens @ 18 mm
DescriptionA skygazer observe the fantastic Orion nebula with binoculars.