Category Archives: Astro Photos of the Month

October 2007

WaningThinCrescentOct8,07,0615ETXpf10secBrightenedAtLabShDarkedHiLightened2


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Thin Crescent Moon
Date: October 8, 2007 06:15
Details: Thought you might be interested in this photo I took the morning of Oct 8, 2007 at 06:15. This was 35 mm camera at prime focus of ETX 90, Kodak Ultra Max 400 film. It was about 10 sec exposure, which was too short, I had to have the photo lab brighten it up. I tried some longer exposures to about 30 sec, which was right, but the ETX’s imperfect tracking caused the image to be blurred, so I took this shorter exposure and had it brightened. Clouds prevented me from getting a photo of the close conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Saturn the morning before.

September 2005

LX10Venus,Moon VenusMoonSetting3


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Venus – Moon Conjunction
Date: August 7, 2005
Details: The shot through the fork arms of my LX10 was at 21:40, done with FTb and 200mm lens.

The shot of the duo setting into the trees was at 21:56, done with FTb at prime focus of LX10 with f6.3 focal reducer, 1 sec and cropped with Photoshop.

August 2005

July03-2005-Sun


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Sun (Sol)
Details: The orange sun is from Spaceweather.com on July 3, 2005 and the white one was taken with my ETX 90 on the same day. The ETX shot was with a Baader astro-solar filter, 1/250 sec, Canon Ftb 35mm camera at prime focus.

May 2005

Horsehead


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Horesehead Nebula
Details: 35mm Canon FTb at prime focus of LX10 with f6.3 focal reducer.It was a manually guided 40 minute exposure on Kodak Elitechrome 200. Taken Feb 26, 2005

April 2005

southstartrails


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: South Celestial Pole Star Trails
Details: I set my 35mm camera on a small tripod and aimed near the south celestial pole. With the lens set at wide angle (35mm) and wide open (f 3.5), I locked the shutter open for 30 minutes. I succeeded in capturing a wire fence with a background of stars trailing around the pole. The lack of a bright star near the axis identifies this as the South Pole.

March 2005

moon


Photographer: Jeff Sarrazin
Object: Moon
Details: I shot this in the fall of 2002 using an older model Nikon FE SLR coupled to my 10″ LX200 scope. I used Fuji 200 film. The photo has had no alterations.

February 2005

CometMachholz


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Comet Machholz C/2004/Q2
Shot of the comet in the same field as the double cluster. Taken the evening of Jan 28, 2005.
Details: Canon FTbN, 35mm camera. 200mm lens at f4 piggy backed on my LX 10 scope. Fuji 400 print film. Single shot, hand guided for 30 minutes. I did improve the contrast a bit using Photo Shop Elements.