The Evening Show (latest images) http://www.eveningshow.com Astrophotography of Richard S. Wright Jr.Main Blog: Accidental AstronomerBisque Blog: Software BisqueTwitter: @AccidentalAstro Will Code for Food Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:28:50 -0400 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:28:50 -0400 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss ZenPhoto RSS Generator Holy Haleakala! (Nightscapes) Holy Haleakala!

On a recent trip to MAUI, I spent the evening up atop Haleakala at the summit at 10,000 feet. Glorious evening!

In this image you can see the star clouds of the Milkyway above and the illuminated clouds from Waileah below.

Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 3200, 25 seconds.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 shot wide open
Cropped slightly from the original. 

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Nightscapes Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:01:08 -0400
Scoping out the Milkyway (Nightscapes) Scoping out the Milkyway

On a recent trip to MAUI, I spent the evening up atop Haleakala at the summit at 10,000 feet. Glorious evening!

I cropped this image down a bit from the full 14mm shot and it shows my scope doing some deep sky imaging, an a new friend in the distance doing some tripod photography of his own.

Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 3200, 25 seconds.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 shot wide open. 

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Nightscapes Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:49:27 -0400
Twilight at Haleakala (Nightscapes) Twilight at Haleakala

On a recent trip to MAUI, I spent the evening up atop Haleakala at the summit at 10,000 feet. Glorious evening!

In this image I caught the crescent moon and if your sharp eyed, Jupiter is just peeking though in this 1/15th second exposure.

Canon 5D Mark III, @ISO 800
Canon EF 24-105 f/4 EF L series @ f/7.1 at 24mm.

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Nightscapes Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:49:17 -0400
Early Eclipse (Solar System) Early Eclipse

Mostly clouded out for the 2017 total solar eclipse, but I got this great shot early on before the clouds became dominant (1:21 pm Eastern). There was a very nice set of sunspots as well!

The original image is in white light, so this is colorized a bit.

Image Details:

Esprit 80 Refractor @f/5
Baader Solar Film based filter
Canon EOS Rebel T3i @ ISO 100
1/2000 second exposure 

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Solar System Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:23:22 -0400
My Milky Way Selfie (Nightscapes) My Milky Way SelfieOne of the hardest things to learn in astrophotography is patience. If you're not happy with an image, put it down. Go back to it in a week, in a month. There was something just unsettling about the original version of this, and I went back to it tonight and just spent about 10 minutes playing with it. Much happier now with my self portrait.]]> Nightscapes Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:11:10 -0400 Our Cosmic Neighbor (Solar System) Our Cosmic Neighbor

The full moon can be an excellent astrophotography target too, and almost anyone can take a photo like this! An off the shelf DSLR (and an old one at that) captured this in 1/60th of a second @ISO 100 using a 600mm telescope. Good focus, good exposure, and don't get carried away with trying to over sharpen it or over saturate it.

When full, the ray systems around the impact craters are the most prominent, and you often can capture some surface details in the shaded relief along the limb of the moon where the sunlight is just grazing the surface.

Image Details:

Takahashi FC-76 Refractor @f/7
ISO 100
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
1/60 second exposure 

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Solar System Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:57:45 -0400
Rho Ophiuchi Region (Going Wide) Rho Ophiuchi Region

Thie first time I saw an image of this region, I thought the colors were fake. There's Orange in there! And Yellow!

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most often shot wide field regions in the sky, this nebula complex is located in the constellation (big surprise here) Ophiuchus. This is a vast region of space approximately 460 light years away.

This final image is three hours of stacked 5 minute exposures at ISO 400 with a modified Canon T3i, and a Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens stopped down to f/4 with a circular aperture mask. The images were taken on a cold night at the 2017 Texas Star Party.

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Going Wide Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:45:58 -0400
Messier 5 (Messier Marathon) Messier 5

A beautiful and larger than expected globular cluster. I love the blue and amber stars and detail captured all the way to the core. Perhaps to date one of my best captures that exhibits some of the powderly diamond quality of a fine globular.

Image Details
Camera: FLI Microline 16200
Optic: Esprit 150
Exposure: 2.6 hours RGB
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX
Date: April 2017
Other: Taken in Okeechobee County, FL Processed with PixInsight and PhotoShop.

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Messier Marathon Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:13:55 -0400
The Leo Triplet (Galaxies) The Leo Triplet

A gorgeous and well known trio of galaxies in the constellation Leo. These three frame up in almost any moderate focal length system and are a frequent favorite of many astrophotographers. My favorite is the one to upper right, the "Hamburger" galaxy.

Image Details
Camera: FLI Microline 16200
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 7.5 Hours RGB
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX
Date: March, 2017

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Galaxies Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:00:27 -0400
Messier 106 (Messier Marathon) Messier 106

This gorgeous galaxy in Canes Venatici is around 23 million light years away. It is suspected that a black hole in the center of the galaxy is devouring stars to release large amounts of X-Rays. The field around this galaxy is rich in other more distant galaxies.

Image Details
Camera: FLI Microline 16200
Optic: Esprit 150
Exposure: 6 hours LRGB
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX
Date: January 2017
Other: Taken in Okeechobee County, FL Processed with PixInsight and PhotoShop.

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Messier Marathon Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:32:39 -0400