A Couple of Photos

Hi, folks. With all of the talking about the Winter Circle and Jupiter we’ve done lately, I figured I’d see what my tiny new pocket-sized Canon PowerShot camera can do. If you want, have a look at these photos.

In the Winter Circle one, which I shot facing west near my house at around 10:30pm last night, you can see most of the brand-name stars, and Orion toward the bottom. The really bright thing in the middle is probably the 38%-full waxing crescent Moon, washed out by its own light. What’s neat about that one is you can also see the colors of some of the stars. Betelgeuse and Aldebaran, namely, are reddish.

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The Winter Circle, 10:30pm April 12, 2016016

The other photo, with Jupiter and Regulus, is the southern skies a couple minutes later.

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Jupiter & Regulus in Leo 10:30pm April 12, 2016

I just sat the camera on tabletop tripod, and put it on top of my car. These are 15-second exposures at ISO400 and f/3.2. It’s really great to be able to go out and see the things for real on a gorgeous night. Clear… clear lenses, everyone!

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