This week’s ‘Photo of the Week’
features a beautiful tracked photo of the Pleiades Cluster. Taken by
talented amateur astrophotographer Ray Congelosi, this image consisting
of 24 one-minute exposures happens to actually be his first tracked
photo as well. The Pleiades star cluster – also known as the Seven Sisters
or M45 – is visible from almost anywhere on Earth. This open star
cluster is one of the closest star clusters in relations to Earth. For more spectacular photos, be sure to check out Ray’s Instagram @inside_the_galaxy at https://www.instagram.com/inside_the_galaxy/ .
Interstellar by Matt Walker Via Flickr: It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Milky Way shot on Flickr, so here is one from our recent trip to the PNW. This place is called Secret Beach in the Samuel H Boardman area. It’s no secret though, and it has been heavily photographed in recent time. It’s a really cool beach with tons of sea stacks. We shot into blue hour, and captured a pretty decent sunrise too.
Thanks for looking!
M 8 and M 20 by Adrian Jannetta Via Flickr: Lagoon nebula and Triffid nebula. Not the best image but they were 5-6 degrees above the horizon with light pollution severely affecting the sub exposures! 48x1 minute images stacked in Deepsky Stacker, processed in IRIS (to remove the background) and noise processed in Photoshop.
Sleeping on a Spike by John Hallmén Via Flickr: Anthidium punctatum, I think this is a female
Size: 7 mm
This small bee has attached itself to the top of a grass spike for the night by firmly locking it’s mandibles around the perch.
31 natural light exposures stacked in Zerene Stacker.
Optics: Carl Zeiss Luminar 63/4.5 on Nikon PB-6 bellows.
Take a moment to think of what that means exactly. The huge mass of Earth that we were born on, grew up on, currently living on, and pretty much have done every single activity on, is floating in outer space and it is rotating and revolving a particular way amongst the vast expanse out there. That is what’s causing the star trails to occur. This big hunk of rock is moving hence the streaking you see with such long exposures.
A stack of 149 photos at 15 seconds each, f/2.8, ISO 1600. Effectively 37 minutes and 15 minutes long as they’re all combined.
How can I tell? Well besides the freezing cold nights, the pleiades are back gracing our skies! The pleiades, or the seven sisters, are an open star cluster. One that can easily be spotted by the naked eye!
They are one of the most prominent objects in the skies during winter which therefore makes them a standard imaging target for all astrophotographers. I took the first image myself with a Canon 1000D. The image is around 20 or so 30" second exposures stacked together.
I know many people are intimidated by all the equipment and photo processing they read about when wanting to take astrophotos, so just wanted to submit this one that is straight out of my Nikon D5100 at prime focus on my ancient Celestron C8. No computerized telescope, no dark frames, no stacking multiple exposures, I didn’t even take time to properly polar align it. Just plopped the telescope outside, eyeballed the alignment, 30 sec exposure and BAM! a half decent photo of the Orion Nebula in less than 15 minutes.
It’s not going to win any awards for great astrophotography, but just goes to prove you don’t have to spend many $ on equipment and hours on the computer processing to get something decent.
This is an excellent submission, thanks for sharing, rackoninnc!