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Comet Lovejoy and M31

Went out to Lake Henshaw Friday night and got a few quick pics of Comet Lovejoy approaching M31 before the moon came up.

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Canon 6D ISO1600,

Nikkor 50mm @ f5.6,

17x180sec.

Mounted on an Ioptron Skytracker

Processed with Pixinsight

North America + Pelican Nebula from Palomar Mountain

Image Location and Date: Palomar Mountain Observatory Campground on October 1st, 2011
Object: NGC7000 North America Nebula + IC5070 Pelican Nebula in Cygnus
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: 300mm Tair-3c lens
Imaging FL: 300mm
Imaging focal ratio: f6
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 9 x 600sec @ ISO 800 (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in PixInsight + Photoshop for final color adjustment.

Photos from the Palomar Mountain Turnout

Took these with a D70 while I was doing the time lapse.


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Palomar Mountain time lapse

Spent four hours doing a time lapse on Palomar Mountain last night, came out alright. I kind of wish the clouds rolled in to cover the city lights below, maybe next time.

I’ve taken some interest in making interesting time lapses of the night sky so expect more posts like this in the near future.

Milky Way from Palomar Mountain

Snapped a few quick pictures of the summer milky way from the Palomar Mountain turnout. Unfortunately my deep cycle battery wasn’t working correctly so I didn’t have the ability to set up my telescope mount. Therefore, I have no tracking, therefore, star trails. There was a nice marine layer covering San Diego County, you can see the peaks of mountains and valleys poking above it. Great night. Pardon the noise, I was shooting at ISO3200 and forgot to take dark frames. I did get the chance to try out a 28mm Tokina lens I found at the swap meet for $20, so far so good.

M31 from Palomar Mountain

Image Location and Date: Palomar Mountain… turnout on east grade road. January 10th 2010
Object: M31 Andromeda Galaxy in Andromeda
Mount: CG4
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: unmodified Nikon D60
Lights: 20 x 120 sec ISO 3200 (40min)
Calibration: None
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop