It’s a nice feeling stargazing.
Just the simplicity of being able to wander into your back garden or a nearby field and be reminded how small your personal problems are when you compare them to the grand scale of the universe.
Within 10 minutes of simply looking up at the sky you begin to realize that things change, the stars aren’t quite where they just were.
It’s then that you begin to comprehend what is happening, you are standing upon a enormous lump of rock which is spinning at a stupendous rate and it is not that the stars are moving, it’s that we are moving.
You start to understand the grand scale of things and become overwhelmed by your stupendous insignificance in the vastness of space.
It’s a nice way to let your mind wander and allow your imagination to take control.
As you look up, joining these tiny little dots together in order to create patterns and pictures you can’t help but think, is one of these distant little tiny dots looking back at me and if so are they doing the same?
I suppose the problem nowadays is that people spend too much time looking down at their feet being unappreciative of life itself.
When really, we should all be looking up and appreciating the incredible complexity of the universe we all live in.
It’s a nice feeling stargazing.
Through my lens vs through the professionals
I’m stilling getting to grips with my new set-up, the main issue is tracking.
I honestly cannot get any more than 20 seconds exposures before trailing occurs so its hard to bring out the quality in my pictures.
So to give you a better understanding of what the night sky objects actually looked like I have borrowed a few images from some incredible astrophotographers to give a better view.
Image 1&2: M2, It’s a globular cluster which looks stunning through the telescope, very easy to notice the fuzzy patch of light.
Images 2&4: M34, I was really struggling with imaging so I decided to just go through all the messier objects that are visible from the northern hemisphere when I enjoyed the look of this one.
Images 5&6: M27, The dumbbell nebula appears as a large ghostly pair of brackets. You can just make out its sides.
Images 7&8: Saturn, I only just managed to capture a short video of the gas giant before it dipped below the horizon. I’m looking to purchase a 5x Barlow lens in order to get the best views possible!
I strongly recommend checking out:
They are two of my favourite astrophotography websites!
1: M13. The Great globular cluster in Hercules. Around 300,000 stars exist within this cluster.
2: M11. The wild duck cluster. You can see the different variations of stars through their colours.
3: M57. The ring nebula.The planetary nebula seen here is the remenants of a dying Red giant.
5: The battered Lunar surface.
The first 3 images of deep sky objects were all 30 seconds exposures through a 10” Newtonian. My polar alignment was way off, hence the trailing.
The last 2 images of Planetary objects were both taken with my ASI120MC at 1 minute recordings.
Now, as for astorophotography I’ve recently spent my savings on purchasing a new setup specialised for summer stargazing!
I spent 5 hours last week working on the last image here which is a Moon mosaic!
It’s a composition of 10,000 frames from 42 different videos in an attempt to map the surface of the Moon in as much detail as I could manage.
For a full resolution in detailed view click here:
Some shifts are Red,
But yours is Blue,
In 4 billion years,
We’ll collide with you.
Happy valentines everybody!