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    Default A quick and dirty observation from yesterday



    So during yesterday, I took photos of Venus and the moon. At the way to work I saw that clouds came and even a bit rain so I forgot about it, but later I went out and so a marvelous triangle of Venus Mars and the moon laughing at me (for not taking a photo). So after coming back home, I hurried up and used my Canon 750d to take a photo (The moon photos are here in another thread).
    After taking the photos of the trio, I looked at the sky which although highly polluted were very clean due to the rain.
    So I took my zoom to the long end and very quickly shoot M45 and M42. Photos are 1 sec exposure. M42 is much lower and suffer from the pollution (and higher ISO makes more noise)
    I don't put these photos in astrophotography forum. They are quick and dirty. I have an Ioptron tracker I can use and take a longer exposure. I could go out of town to a darker place (not in yesterday forecast tough). I will do that and results will be much better.
    I put them here as trying to say that you can take very simple photos of the skies and see much more than with your eyes without the need for a telescope. The camera can act as one.
    I also attempted to catch Vesta but I didn't have enough time to check exactly where it is and I missed it.
    Anyway, I wonder what more can be done with a consumer DSLR and 100-300mm lens (not the fancy Canon L series) with simple tripod ad no tracker from a highly polluted place (LM ~ 4 ). There are more people with cameras than with telescopes and such photos can make them more engaged to astronomy.

    M42:
    2017-01-31-M42-s.jpg

    M45:
    2017-01-31-Pleiades-s.jpg
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    Default Re: A quick and dirty observation from yesterday

    Even under light polluted skies it is amazing what a camera will see.
    Thanks for sharing your short exposure work with us.

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    Default Re: A quick and dirty observation from yesterday

    Adroimeda.jpgOrion.jpg Took this at Joshua Tree,CA on a 30-20 second exposure. The pictures feature the Andromeda galaxy, Triangulum galaxy, and obviously the Orion nebula. At a high ISO setting. Came out decent. Considering I am just using a Canon T5 Rebel camera. Your camera is a little higher end and seems like you are using higher magnification. I have very little experience taking pictures of space with a DSLR camera. I agree a Camera is an invaluable tool for Astronomy. It defeats one of the biggest obstacles to Astronomy. The limitations of the human eye.
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    Default Re: A quick and dirty observation from yesterday

    Nice. Your photo also shows M32 and M110, satellite galaxies of M31.
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    Default Re: A quick and dirty observation from yesterday

    I certainly see M32, M110 may just look like a star. Thanks!--- for pointing that out.

 

 

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