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Monday, December 19, 2011

Frost on the Sunroom Glass

Taken just before sunrise. Canon T2i, Tamron 18-270 lens, Macro mode.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Moon Eclipse - just before sunrise

This is the last picture I took before it became too bright to see much. It's pretty close to being a full eclipse.
Taken with a Canon T2i, Tamron 18-270 lens, zoomed to 270., cropped in the GIMP.

Moon Eclipse from the front yard

You can start to see the orange glow as the earth's shadow moves across the moon's face.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Full Moon Reflection - Yellow Cliffs

The full moon was so bright that it reflected light from the Yellow Cliffs, no flashlight required for a walk at 10 PM.  In the background is the Big Dipper, the North Star, and Cassiopeia. Picture taken with a Sony a500 DSLR and Sigma wide-angle lens.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Dipper from the Bonneville Salt Flats

I painted the salt with my LED flashlight. Beyond lie the Silver Island mountains and the Big Dipper.
(Taken with a Canon T2i Camera, Tamron 18-270 lens, 1600 ISO, F3.5, 30-second exposure, about 25 degress F.)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Milky Way using a Barn Door Tracker

I started taking Milky Way pictures about 2 years ago; but, quickly learned that motion was an enemy. I wanted to increase my exposure time, but cut down on the streaking caused by earth motion, rotation, and what have you. I built a manually-operated Barn Door Tracker to assist. Here is a 2 minute image taken from the Bonneville Salt Flats on 26 November. (Canon T2i, 119 seconds, f3.5, 18mm, ISO 1600)

The Andromeda Galaxy and Meteorite - Free from the Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

A view brought to you free of charge from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is this image of the Andromeda Galaxy, which is about 2.5 million light years away.  The meteorite to the north got a closer look. Enjoy!
(Canon T2i, 25 secs, f5.0, 65mm, ISO 1600, taken 26 Nov 2011)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bonneville Salt Flats Reflection

Catching a good reflection in the Bonneville Salt Flats seems to be a random event. My family and I have driven by, with a recent rain or snow storm, and no reflection; or it can be totally white from the salt. But in this picture, the reflection was cyrstal clear. Here's the Silver Island Mountain Range reflected from the Bonneville Salt Flats, looking north.

Clouds over the Valley

I enjoy a good thunderstorm. Here's what remained after the main storm moved through the Salt Lake Valley. Taken with a Sony a500 DSLR camera.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hummingbird Friends from Strawberry Pinnacles

Hummingbirds are quick and curious. These pictures were taken with a Sony a500 camera, tripod mounted over a summer time frame. You never know what how the picture will turn out until you try,

Friday, September 30, 2011

M42 Nebula from our Backyard

It is amazing what you can see in the night sky. Visible in the fall and winter (Northern Hemisphere),
the Orion Nebula, aka M42, is about 1350 light years away, and is about 24 light years across.
Taken with a Canon T2i DSLR, tripod mounted, Tamron 18-270 lens, zoom to 270, 2.0 secs, f6.3. Saved as JPEG, and 39 images stacked in DeepSkyStacker, processed im GIMP, cropped in Picasa.
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