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Friday, April 28th, 2006
The seeing conditions tonight were much murkier. There was a thin layer of clouds that refused to go away with deeper clouds looming in the southwest all night.  Still... the stars were out and I got a new camera.
 
The new camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XT/EOS 350D and though it's not specifically for astro photography, I've seen some decent pictures taken with it. I purchased the T ring and scope adapter to take shots through the scope.
 
Tonight, though I am itching to take some pictures of things there are 2 problems that would make any pictures pretty bad if I can get anything.
1) The seeing conditions
2) I still don't have tracking. I've ordered an EQ platform from Round Table Platforms, but that was only 2 weeks ago and it won't be arriving for another few weeks.
 
Whatever... I wanna shoot some pictures!
 
So I took pictures of three things.
 
Hercules 
M13 - Globular Cluster
Hee hee.. okay so without tracking even bright DSOs like this one are simply not going to happen. But I thought I'd post the image anyway.
 
 
Cygnus
Alberio - Binary Star 
Brighter... better. More fun. Alberio is a cool double because of the large red star and the small blue star. They both clearly show up in the snapshot at 100 power. The distance between the stars (which I don't know at this moment) is pretty wide. I don't think the seeing would have allowed me to split really tight doubles.
 
 
Libra
Jupiter
Being very bright I thought I'd take a shot at jupiter. Not too bad for no stacking of hundreds of frames and what not. I just tweaked the contrast a tiny bit in Photoshop. Other than that, this is pretty much what the original frame looked like. This shot is at 150 power. I got no real detail, and very fuzzy edges. But you can definitely tell it's Jupiter and that makes me think my first shot of Jupiter is cool.
 
 
Sun 
Earlier today I took my first pictures of the sun. Sunspots 0875 and 0876 are clearly visible. Supposedly 0877 is also in the image, but I can't see it. Perhaps it was gone by the time I took the image.
 
 
I think I will have some fun taking crappy pictures of things. I don't plan on spending all kinds of money on photograph equipment, but I think the tracking platform will at least let me take exposures longer than 1 second!
 





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