The Evening Show - Nightscapes (latest images) http://theaccidentalastronomer.com Astrophotography of Richard S. Wright Jr.Main Blog: Accidental AstronomerBisque Blog: Software BisqueTwitter: @AccidentalAstro Will Code for Food Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:31:16 -0400 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:31:16 -0400 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss ZenPhoto RSS Generator Southern Trails (Nightscapes) Southern Trails
Can you tell which direction the camera was facing for this star trail? Bet you can. I call this Southern Trails. This star trail image was made by combining 68 individual 2 minute exposures made on a tripod. Several things interest me about this photo. You can see a very distinct line where the still tidal pool meets the more turbulent deeper waters as the still water makes a better reflection of the star trails. Taken at this years Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, you can see on the right the red lights along the shore from some of the hundreds of amateur astronomers who gather at this event every year to star gaze under the southern skies. The skies were amazing and the stars go almost all the way to the horizon. The bright streak along the horizon on the left hand side is a passing fishingboat over the course of the hour+ these exposures were gathered.
Canon 5D, Mark III.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens
68x2 minute exposures @ISO 2000 
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Nightscapes Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:22:29 -0500
People Of Haleakala (Nightscapes) People Of Haleakala

The day before attending a conference in Maui, I drove up to the summit of Haleakala to see the sunset and take some photos. The sunset was amazing at 10,000 feet! It really looked about like this. My favorite thing about the composition though is the people all taking photos with their cameras and cell phones. It was a popular spot, and for good reason!

Canon 5D Mark III
1/80th Second at ISO 800
Canon 24-105mm L lens @ f/10 and 35mm. 

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Nightscapes Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:43:01 -0400
A Galactic View (Nightscapes) A Galactic View

Just for fun... no, this is not a real photograph, and it's not even to scale. The interior is from Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park, and the Andromeda Galaxy was shot not at this location, but through a telescope at another time. When I took this image inside the fort, this is exactly what I was envisioning... the daylight lit up the interior and the window itself was over expososed. This made it easy to subsitute another image for the view.

I'm imaging some ancient outpost on an asteroid... or maybe someday in our future when the Andromeda Galaxy is approaching our own. Of course... you'd still need really big pupils for it to look this bright ;-)

 

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Nightscapes Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:54:26 -0500
Texas Star Trails (Nightscapes) Texas Star Trails

Star trails looking south at the Texas Star Party on the north field. May 2016.

Note the small gap because of an unintentional delay in the intervalometer. Also, note the Milky Way sweeping in from the left (East). You can also spot a couple of short meteror streaks.

Canon 5D, Mark III.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens
55x3 minute subs @ISO 800 

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Nightscapes Wed, 04 May 2016 04:52:46 -0400
Star Gazing in Paradise (Nightscapes) Star Gazing in Paradise

This photo was just a ridiculous amount of fun. My daughter and son-in-law posed for me in front of the Milkyway and held still for 60 seconds while I exposed the scene on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. I did a flash with a hand held flash just before the exposure ended to lighten them up.

Full Spectrum T3i w/an IR/UV block. Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
60 seconds at ISO 800.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer sky tracker. 
Processing with Adobe RAW and Photoshop 

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Nightscapes Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:39:59 -0500
Milky Way over Tortuga (Nightscapes) Milky Way over Tortuga

Lately I've been posting a lot of Milky Way Images... it's all I can do in the summer it seems. This image was taken during a less than two hour interval of clear skies at the Dry Tortugas National Park. You can never guess the weather, so we just got unlucky when we went, but when it's clear, it's DARK! My family was really enjoying the dark skies and the "Evening Show" if you will.

The Dry Tortugas is probably one of the darkest skies available at any National Park. 70 miles west of Key West you have to take a boat or seaplane to get here. If you don't mind "primitive" camping it's also a very nice place to camp. I am already plotting a return over the Winter months!

This was two minutes at ISO 800 on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. Canon T3i (modified), and a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I also shot this at ISO 1600 for one minute. More light is better than higher ISO... I'm telling you.

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Nightscapes Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:47:02 -0400
The Milky Way (Nightscapes) The Milky Way

When the weather is right, the skies are dark, and the focus is good... the Milky Way never disappoints. This was a tripod shot over my observatory near Okeechobee Florida.

Full Spectrum T3i w/an IR/UV block. Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
25 seconds at ISO 1600.
Processing with Adobe RAW and Photoshop 

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Nightscapes Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:23:20 -0400
Milky Way at NSP (Nightscapes) Milky Way at NSPThe Milky Way under the incredibly dark skies of the Nebraska Star Party. This was taken with a Canon T3i with a Rokinon 14mm lens at f/2.8. 30 seconds on a tripod. There is some star trailing, and I was not perfectly focused... but reducing the image cleans some of this up! (I often joke about this...). It's my best Milky Way to date, but I hope to do better on my next trip to really dark skies..]]> Nightscapes Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:29:21 -0400 Jupiter, Venus, and onlookers (Nightscapes) Jupiter, Venus, and onlookers

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at this years (2015) Nebraska Star Party. I stayed all week, and this just may be my favorite picture of the whole event.

I snapped this while waiting for the sun to set, and I had a great silloutted view of some star party guests looking at Jupter and/or Venus with a dob low to the ground. It was a beautiful site, the photo doesn't do it justice.

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Nightscapes Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:27:15 -0400
Holding Back The Dawn (Nightscapes) Holding Back The Dawn

I shot this at my dark sky site and observatory in Okeechobee county Florida. The "dawn" was real, but the brightest part is actually facing south towards the sky glow of the city of Okeechobee.

Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 5000, 20 seconds
Rokinon 14mm @f/2.8. 

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Nightscapes Sun, 05 Apr 2015 11:47:05 -0400