Category Archives: Image Composition

Morning Glory – August 3, 2017

I woke up this morning and peeked out my backdoor to see this sight greeting me! The clouds were moving fast to the east and I sure wanted to keep them in the image. The brightest object in the lower left is the planet Venus. Going clockwise from Venus is the star Alnath, Capella, Algol, the Pleiades Cluster and then Aldebaran and the Hyades Cluster.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, 10 seconds at ISO 3200, f/4 and 40mm. Diffraction spikes added in post processing. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date/Time: August 3, 2017 at 08:50 UTC.

…Tom

Early Morning Antares and Scorpius

What do you do at 2 AM in the morning? If I wake up and see bright stars, I head out to take some photos (especially since the weather has been crappy for months). Here is a view of Antares and Scorpius about an hour past their highest elevation over Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Some light clouds were just heading in from the west.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, Tiffen star filter, ISO 6400, 10 seconds, tripod mounted, f/2.8, 70mm. Image Date: May 27, 2017 (2:41 AM). Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Imaging Jupiter on May 20, 2017

My Meade telescope was setup in the driveway imaging Jupiter (brightest object in the background) on the evening of May 20, 2017 and I took the opportunity to capture a wide-field view.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens, tripod mounted, 13 second exposure at ISO 3200, f/3.5 and 5.8mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 20, 2017.

…Tom

Teapot of Sagittarius

Here is a view of the teapot section of Sagittarius taken early this morning, May 8, 2017.  This is about as high as it will get in the skies of Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  Looking forward to capturing some nice deep space objects later this year.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 3 x 8 seconds, f/2.8, 70mm, tripod mounted. Date: May 8, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

On a side note, this is my first attempt at manual stacking in Photoshop.

…Tom

Jupiter and Spica – April 26, 2017

Beautiful Jupiter and Spica rising over my backyard trees which are still struggling to push out spring leaves. Captured last evening while I was imaging Jupiter with my Meade telescope.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 8 seconds, f/2.8, 70mm, tripod mounted. Date: April 26, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

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