Astronomy 102

This first set is comprised of a pair of images taken on the Angell Hall observatory on March 17th of this year. The first shows the telescope housing and the second a view of students observing the night sky. [Original post here.]

Without individuals driven to research and learn, the knowledge of today would be significantly less in volume, less in complexity, and less in usefulness and in meaning.

These next several were not taken recently, but are the better of my attempts at photographing the night sky. Location was several hours north and west of Ann Arbor.

My first attempt, below, turned out to be the best. Not until recently, when I pulled out the image again, did I discover that not all visible objects in there were stars (or noise. or .jpeg artifacts). Rather exciting. For a different version of same photo (darker but w/ less noise), click here.

Imaging the night sky is both a science and an art. Clearly, my equipment and experience leave much to be desired, but astrophotography can serve many purposes at once: as a resource to reference to, as a learning experience, and as art, a form of expression.

Technical Information (final two only):
1.Time/date: 10/04/2008 23:24:00
Exposure: 30 sec.
Aperture: f/4.2
ISO: 400
2. Time/date: 10/31/2008 23:05:00
Exposure: 30 sec.
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400

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