Saturday, September 27, 2014

What's That Star Next to the Moon? September 27, 2014

What is that bright star next to the moon? Well tonight it's not a star, it's the planet Saturn. At magnitude 1.3, it's about as bright as Deneb (α Cyg) or Regulus (α Cyg), and clearly stands out less than 3° from the crescent Moon.

what is bright star next to moon
Single frame with Canon T5i, f/5.6, 1 sec, ISO 800, 300mm

Friday, September 26, 2014

Crescent Moonset Over Pyramid, September 26, 2014

Ok, I didn't expect to fool anyone - this isn't a pyramid in Egypt, it's my neighbor's roof - but if you tilt the photo sideways and crop it just right it could pass as a pyramid, right?

crescent moon over pyramid
Single frame with Canon T5i auto enhanced in iPhoto, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1 sec

crescent moonset over roof
Single frame with Canon T5i auto enhanced in iPhoto, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1 sec

This is an uncropped photo showing the moon setting in the "sweet spot" between the roofline in my development. I actually really like this photo!! You can even see the top of the silo across the street. I love that you can just barely see this bizarre object among the rooftops, it makes me feel less boxed in by houses knowing that I can see something on the "outside."

crescent moon touching rooftop
Single frame with Canon T5i, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1 sec

I moved the tripod back and forth until I got the shot lined up just right showing the crescent moon cradled by the roof and tree. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

3% Crescent Moon with Earthshine, September 22, 2014

Chris called me on his way to work this morning and told me I better get dressed and come outside to see the slim crescent moon rising over the neighborhood with beautiful earthshine lighting up the darker side.

3% crescent moon with earthshine
Stack of 15 frames in Registax, taken with Canon T5i
Moon stacking is back! Courtesy of Lightroom 5 which lets me export TIFs in the right format. I never figured it out in iPhoto after messing with it. My Canon T5i doesn't work with Adobe Camera Raw for some reason so my whole workflow got messed up. But it looks like my Lightroom workflow is working and doesn't take as much time as I thought.

earthshine moon over roof
Single frame with Canon T5i, f/7.1, 1.6 sec, ISO 800, 160mm

moon with earthshine over street
Single frame with Canon T5i, fluorescent WB, f/5.6, 1.3 sec, ISO 800, 75mm, cropped
I think this earthshine beats out my first earthshine photo, but it's not as good as the earthshine stack I did in March 2013 with a darker sky in the background.

Jupiter and the Two Dogs, Canis Major and Minor

I was outside before sunrise and saw Jupiter and the crescent moon forming an arc in the sky with the bright stars in Canis Major and Canis Minor. Jupiter and two dogs, it was a rather symmetrical arrangement. It was in the approximate location of a huge rainbow I saw earlier this summer.

jupiter moon canis major minor
Early morning September 20, 2014

jupiter moon canis major minor
Single frame with Canon T5i, fluorescent WB, f/7.1, 15 sec, ISO 800, 18mm

winter sky preview
Jupiter, Moon, and preview of the winter sky just before sunrise. Single frame with Canon T5i, fluorescent WB, f/5.6, 13 sec, ISO 800, 18mm

orion constellation over house
Orion over my neighbor's house, Single frame with Canon T5i, fluorescent WB, f/5.6, 13 sec, ISO 800, 18mm

orion and other stars in the night sky
Another winter sky preview - I'm excited for this awesome patch of sky to be over my backyard all winter!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eerie Yellow Ball Appears During Foggy Sunrise

What could this strange object be!? Oh, right, it's the sun. It looks very strange and eerie, similar to a foggy sunrise I saw last year. This time, I grabbed by DSLR to get a close up using the dense fog as a natural solar filter. In hindsight this was very risky and could have led to permanent damage to my eye or camera or both, but I took a chance and the dense fog held together keeping the sun rather dim.

sun looks orange ball fog sunrise
Single frame with T5i, ISO 200, 200mm, f/5, 1/1000 sec

orange ball sunrise
I messed with this one a bunch in iPhoto so I won't give the acquisition details

iphone yellow sun through fog
Single frame, iPhone photo

sun compare to HMI
Comparison of my image and the HMI Intensitygram image from the Sun Viewer app. I was hoping to catch a sunspot, but the face looks pretty quiet right now - not much to see even if I had a clear image

yellow sun through fog
Eerie pale yellow ball, single frame with T5i at ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec

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