We were blessed to be able to go on a quick two week trip down south from New England to see some of my wife’s family and some of mine. Unfortunately, even though I brought my entire astrophotography rig down, I did not very many clear nights. The one good night I did get, I was not in a good place to setup my entire rig (could not see Polaris to polar align, a lot of trees, etc). However, I still was able to get out and do some experimenting by taking one second exposures with the Canon EOS Ra attached to the TPO 180 Ultrawide Astrophotography Lens. One of the targets I choose to hit up was Betelgeuse. Late last year I promised a friend that if I ever had a chance to set my camera to Betelgeuse i would and I hate to admit that I simply never took the time to do so, until now.

Above is Betelgeuse with some surrounding sky with no annotation, annotated and in negative. I really had a good time experimenting while getting this shot. This data was collected in Griffin, GA.

100 x 1s (1600 ISO)
50 x 1s (3200 ISO)
20 / 20 darks, flats, dark flats and biases
Bortle 6
TPO Ultrawide 180 Astrophotography Lens
Canon EOS Ra
Tripod with Orion Panhead

Ursa Major – The Rest of the Big Dipper

Last night I posted a picture featuring Mizar and Alcor, a nice double star located in the handle of the Big Dipper, an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major. Well, I did not get all of the Big Dipper in the shot, so here is the rest of the Big Dipper.

Lyra, upclose – 7/31/08

I decided to go 55mm instead of 18mm and get “close in” shots. This is the first one I have processed, and I have a few more which I will get on here in a little bit. Again, these can also be made for desktop backgrounds, just let me know if you want one.

Arcturus & Clouds – 7/30/08

Finally, a star! I had a slight break in the clouds, and was able to get a photograph of Arcturus (star). I almost got one of Vega, but the clouds covered it before I could get my camera outside. The very last picture is one that can be used as a desktop background.

Delphinus, Cygnus & Lacerta – 7/26/08

Not the greatest shot in the world, but it is the first time I got all of Lacerta. I took this around 5am, hince the amount of ambient light, plus the Moon is still playing havoc!

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