Category Archives: Constellations

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.


Bootes, Arcturus and a Meteor

A shot of the constellation Bootes and the bright star Arcturus rising above the treeline in my backyard on May 20, 2017 – a small meteor can be seen in the top part of the frame, lucky capture for a 20-second exposure.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, 20 second exposures at ISO 3200, f/4 and 17mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 20, 2017.


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.


Poor Transparency on March 21, 2017

I tried setting up last evening, March 21, 2017, with no luck. While the skies looked good overhead (visually) and there were clouds around the horizon, I decided to try and shoot some images of M95 in Leo. The first 60-second image showed me how bad the transparency was. High level, thin clouds covered the sky which I failed to see before setting up. After I broke down the telescope, I captured this image showing the light cloud cover in the area as an example of bad transparency.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, tripod mounted. Single 20 second exposure, ISO 1600, 14mm, f/2.8, Imaging was done on March 21, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


Morning Antares and Scorpius

Here is a view of Antares and the constellation Scorpius rising in the southern skies with a hint of clouds. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see the large globular cluster Messier 4, The Cat’s Eye, to the right of Antares.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens tripod mounted. Single 10 second exposure, ISO 3200, 73mm, f/2.8, Tiffen star filter. Imaging was done on March 3, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


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