Wednesday, April 8, 2020

venus Pleiades Move-SHoot-Move tracking

I've been experimenting with MSM tracker (Move Shoot Move) to capture Venus and the Pleiades.

A stack of 25 images Canon T3i, 70-300mm ISO 400 sec exposure. Image not as crisp as two days ago

annotation, brightest object venus - annotation of original stacked image by

Full MorningMoon

Full evening Moon

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Astrophotography by mistake photographing Venus and the Plieades

I'm learning Astrophotography mostly by trying many things making mistakes and learning from mistakes.  April 4, 2020 - trying to set infinity focus - by varying focus of a bright object, in this case Venus -  as I pass through the focus many dim objects appear and when they are brightest _ I think that is the infinity focus point 9about 400 light year - big infinity.  the Plieades above and to the right of Venus appear but I did not recognize - but took several image - while post processing, I passed the image through for annotation - tells me where I've aimed my camera lens. labeled a number of the stars and other galactic objects, nebulae etc.

Venus passing through Plieades

Annotation by of objects in the above imag

Initial image Plieades quite faint - Venus, brightest object

One night later between clouds

Later through the clouds apr 05


Monday, March 16, 2020

water birds

Great BLue Heron


great blue heron

anhings drying wings


duke in flight

Great LBue heron waiting for twigs to finish the nest

Great Blue heron taking off - tired of waiting

taking off

either taking off or landing - don't remember


taking the plunge

white egret fishing

White egret caught a fish

white egreat taking fish to the dinner table

Odds and Ends - a baby great horned owl

A baby great horned owl

either mom or dad great horned owl watching over the little one

astro photos and macrohover flies at aldermans ford nature preserve

march 16 moon - 70-300mm @ 300 mm  NIkkor lensand Nikon D500

star trails around Polaris from my back yard - with a few treetops 81 22 sec exposures 
Nikon D7500 Tokina 11-15mm f2.8 lens @11mm
posterior view of the hoverfly

I first thought this a bee an later realized its the smallest hoverfly I've ever encountered.  never hovered only hopped from one cblossom to another 

Anterior view of the hoverfly and huge compound eye

dorsal view of the hoverfly looks just like a bee but no pollen on its legs