Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Not such a 'far away thing'

In keeping with the original theme of my blog, I have been taking some "easy" shots of scenes recently, as the 20 inch isn't tracking too well at the moment. Here is the not so 'far away' International Space Station. A mere few hundred miles. When I saw this, I dashed in to the observatory, grabbed the camera, focused to where I thought was infinity and laid it on its back to do a 20 second exposure of the overhead sky. The clouds and milky way are not too prominent due to the unusually short amount of exposure time, but with minimal processing one can instantly see the beauty of the constellations Cygnus and Lyra, and the full extent of the Summer Triangle: Deneb, Vega and Altair.