Sunday, December 1, 2013

Distant Gas Giants, Uranus and Neptune with DSLR

Uranus was an observing list item for November, and the last time I photographed Neptune I wasn't zoomed all the way in with the 300mm lens - so I wanted to try to get both of them this month. Although they just look like stars with my gear, it's still fun to try to locate them. 

Neptune was fairly easy, and I had a good shot out my west-facing balcony. Uranus was very tricky because Pisces doesn't offer many bright landmarks for me to hop between - which is evident from the nameless stars surrounding it in the photo below. 

uranus DSLR 300mm
Stack of 165 subs, 40 dark, 40 bias, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1.3 sec, 300mm

neptune 300mm DSLR
Stack of 92 subs, 40 dark, 40 bias, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1.3 sec, 300mm

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