Tuesday, March 08, 2011

3 day old moon

Just a quick one.
Last night was the best night for astronomy in weeks as my friend MJ will testify. The usual suspects were in all their glory, the Orion Nebula, The Pleiades and all. Going out about 7.15pm the moon was on it's final descent so I captured this snap of it's boat like shape.

I really wanted Saturn but unfortunately I wasn't around when it was at it's best angle for me (about 10.30) so here's hoping I get another chance soon.


Monday, March 07, 2011

Starry, starry night ....

Well it's cold, clear and the moon is low. Had a great view of the Orion Nebula at 52x - quite spectacular. Then simply had a go at a normal photo shot of the Pleiades and it's neighbours (shown here). Not too bad, about 14sec. exposure/ISO800 at 50mm so start to get a few star trails - but you get the idea. Clearly shows the different star colours. Saturn will be good soon - rings already opening out for us.