Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Observation Log 09/18/2007

Observation Log: 09/18/2007
Location: Backyard Observatory
Weather: 50F and Clear

The Moon (Prime Focus Photo)

Polaris and Star Trails (7 Minute Exposure)

Sagittarius (Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy)

Sagittarius (Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy "Inverse Image")

How have my observation experiences gone thusfar, you may ask ?

I bought the ETX-125EC in July, got one night to view the sky and then haze & humidity moved in for 7 weeks.

A cold front came thru on 09/18/2007 and sent the humitidy packing. I was able to view several objects that night, including:

- Sagittarius
- Ursa Minor
- Cephus
- Cassiopeia

Solar System:
- Moon (1/3 full) [See Photo - "The Moon"]
- Jupiter (four moons visible)

Deep Space:
- Milky Way Galaxy [See Photo - "Sagittarius ..."]
- M8 (Lagoon Nebula)
- M21, M22 & M22 (Star Clusters)

- Polaris (Had a difficult time finding Polaris because Ursa Major and Ursa Minor were hiding behind trees in my backyard. To confirm the position of Polaris, I took a wide field view of that region of space using my Nikon D80 fitted with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. [See Photo - "Polaris and Star Trail"] (Polaris is the stationary star in the photo.)

Messier Objects:

- M7, M8, M21, M22 & M23 are visible in the 'normal' and 'inverse' photos of the Heart of the Milky Way in Sagittarius. [See Photo - "Sagittarius..."]

Hint: Search "sagittarius constellation" in http://www.wikipedia.com/ to view a star chart that will help identify the Messier objects in the "Sagittarius..." photos.

Check back soon for more photos.



Jacki said...

Cool....! We'll have to borrow the telescope someday soon. Peter and I were teasing you, that we will just wait until you upgrade this telescope and we'll buy this one off of you. :-) We don't think we'll have to wait too long... ;-)

pdyrholm said...

It's some very good captures...
However I think if you upgrade to the Meade big scope you will get some even nicer ones :-) ... ...
... ... ...

of course then you wouldn't know what to do with the one you have now :-)

anywho. good stuff and nice pics. How about getting the moon in different phases. As in 30 days one shot a day. that would be cool but well what are the chances of 30 days without clouds.

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