We ended up at a biker bar the other day and met a guy with a goose named Biscuit.
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Another shot from my street photo walk the other night, originally thought this shot was bad but after going back and editing it further I actually really like it!
➡ New Brunswick, NJ
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Progress is progress. Actually though. In comparison with my image of the Orion Nebula from a year ago I am quite pleased with my latest and greatest version I finished imaging just a few weeks ago. For once I can observe a difference in the way I capture and process these deep space objects and I really do feel like I am getting about at this. (still thanks to @cosmic.speck for the processing tutorial)
Hey, so this little puppy is a super interesting one - the Crab nebula. It's what remains of a star that supernova'd (exploded) almost a millennium ago. We know this because Chinese astronomers recorded a bright new star in the same spot in the sky in 1054 - and it wasn't until 1731 that it was rediscovered through a telescope by a British astronomer named John Bevis. Charles Messier also independently discovered it a little later by accident as well. Astronomers were really into finding comets at that time and Messier was trying to track down Halley's comet in the same area of the sky when he found this little smudge and thought that was it, until he noticed it wasn't moving in the sky. To avoid further annoyances from such blurry stationary objects, he decided to compile a catalog of these fuzzy deep sky comet look-alikes that we now know and love as the Messier Catalogue. The Crab Nebula is M1 on that list.
Other interesting things: This guy is expanding at a rate of 1500 km per second due to winds from the pulsar at its center. It's one of the only deep sky objects I know of that amateur astronomers can actually observe its expansion - Check out Detlef Hartmann’s animation on Astrobin showing a ten year progression.
This pulsar is also the largest source of X and gamma radiation in our sky and since it lies nearly in the same plane as our solar system, we can use it to make lots of measurements of objects that occult, or pass in front of it. Saturn did this recently and we were able to accurately measure the thickness of it's moon, Titan's atmosphere based on the size and the "shadow" it created. Pretty cool.
- 5 hours in SHO narrowband
-- @stellarvuetelescopes SVR90T Raptor triplet refractor
- @skywatcherusa EQ6 R Pro mount
- ZWO ASI1600mm pro camera
- QHY5LII and @oriontelescopes 60mm guiding system
- gear from @optcorp#optphotocontest
Here’s an image of the mineral moon orbiting out of the shadow of the earth. The different colors on the moon represent the concentrations of different minerals on the lunar surface. The large curved shadow on the right is of course the shadow of the earth, projected out into space. This was taken during the last lunar eclipse. Let me know what your think!
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Had the chance to capture a moon sunset yesterday when me and my friend was on our way to our sunrise spot. This moon was crazy big!