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Various Attempts at Astronomy Photos - January-March 2005

Messing around with long exposures, plus (for the moon photos) an acquisition off eBay of a shiny 500mm mirror lens (coupled with an existing 2x converter gives around 24x magnification on a dSLR)

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The track of an aircraft as it passes over in the night sky - the two lines are the wingtip nav lights, and the red dots are made by the centre fuselage strobe

A 20-second exposure showing the fuzzy blob that was comet Machholz (c2004/Q2) on Jan 10th

A wider field showing Comet Machholz (the greenish fuzz-ball near the right) a few arc-minutes away from Pleiedes (the bright cluster in the bottom left of the picture)

The walnut-tree in Nosher's back garden under a cloudy, moonlit sky (long exposure so the clouds blur nicely)

500mm lens, 2x converter and contrast and sharpening tweaks to bring out the features

A low 'harvest' moon (near the horizon, redenned by atmospheric pollution)

A moonlit sky

Single 10-second exposure showing the field at the end of Nosher's garden (but with the moon blocked out with a hand for all but the last couple of seconds)

More moon shots. Without any form of tracking, such extreme telephoto images are slightly blurry, even with sub 1-second exposures

The blob, slightly on the right is a photo of Jupiter, on a regular camera, un-enlarged! Shown with it - bottom-left - is a 6x zoom into the image showing that there is an orangey colour in there. This freaked Nosher out a bit, as it's on his normal camera.

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The track of an aircraft as it passes over in the night sky - the two lines are the wingtip nav lights, and the red dots are made by the centre fuselage strobe