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Mars   [obsolete]

Image Details:

Camera: Nikon D100
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Eyepiece Projection
Additional Optics: Celestron "Kit" 4mm Plössl
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 16000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/80
Exposure: 2 x 1/8 sec + 1 x 1/4 sec @ ISO 200
Date: 8/23/2003, 1:30am PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: Manual
Focus: Manual
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • IRIS: registration, stacking, wavelet processing, cropping
  • Photoshop: rotation, image scale (1/2 x), JPG conversion

Image Description:

Taken within days of Mars' historic rendezvous with Earth in August of 2003, within weeks of getting my C8-NGT, and long before I knew what the heck I was doing. It was rather cool of Jon to let me borrow his D100 to get this shot. Mars' North is up.

 
Sunset over the Pacific
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Sunset over the Pacific

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Image Details:

Camera: Canon 5D
Mount: None
Scope: Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM lens
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: n/a (Prime)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 105mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/8
Exposure: 1/41.5 sec
Total Exposure: 0hrs, 0min
Date: 5/6/2008 8:13 PM PDT
Location: Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Acquisition: Manual
Focus: Auto
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • Canon Digital Professional Pro: CR2 to TIF conversion
  • Photoshop: Shadows/Highlights, Levels, Resizing, sRGB color space conversion, JPG Conversion

Image Description:

This is a hurried but nonetheless pleasing shot of the sun setting over the Pacific. This is shot roughly toward Half Moon Bay, which had clearly been socked in by the Marine Layer along with most of the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. This was one of the first shots I captured before the “main event,” which was this shot of Mercury and the Moon setting together over the Pacific. See the writeup on that image for more information on the location from which this is shot. A higher resolution image is also available. Celestial North is as indicated on the mouse-over. Sunset was at a compass heading of WNW that evening.