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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
A night of bad astrophotography.  8^)
 
The seeing was mediocre and the wind was blowing causing the image to move in the eyepiece. Both of these conditions likely say NO to astrophotography. But what the heck? Bad is better then none!
 
Here are the images I took. All of these images are taken looking through the 25mm Orion ED 2 eyepiece attatched to the camera via the Orion Universal Camera Adapter and the appropriate T-Ring. The only thing that varied is the length of the exposure.
 
Cepheus
Herschel's Garnet
Likely the 5 second exposure is too much for this bright star. But you can still see that it is not white. Cool.
 
Vulpecula
M27 - Dumbbell Nebula 
I'd like someone to explain the particular problem with the image of M27. I've only seen this severe edge distortion in one other picture. I'm not sure what is causing it. Can someone explain? Even though it kinda sucks, it's still cool getting a picture of it. This is a 60 second exposure.
 
Pegasus
M15
Between the not-so-perfect tracking and the wind blowing the scope around, this picture is not so crisp. You can definitely make out the cluster though. This is a 30 second exposure.
 
Hercules
M13
M13, one of the most shot objects out there is pretty bad for me. But hey, I'm not complaining. This is a 30 second exposure.

Andromeda 
M31 
Another most frequent... and again, my shot does ot even hold a candle to the good ones. But it does look like what I see in my scope. This is a 30 second exposure.

Ursa Minor 
Polaris
Polaris is a cool triple star. I've never really looked at it before though. I thought I'd take a shot of it. This is a 2 second exposure.
 
Cassiopeia
M52
I couldn't quite center this one, but the 15 second exposure turned out okay.
 
M103 
Similar to the M52 image, this is also a 15 second exposure. It turned out okay considering the rest of the images. 
 
 
So even though in the end these pictures pretty much all suck eggs, I thought it was pretty cool trying it and pretty fun actully seeing it work (to a degree!).
 
 





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