Tag Archives: moon

Dec 13-14, 2019 time lapses

A storm moved in, but I still caught some stars and Venus at sunset.
The clouds mostly obscured the Geminid meteors, but still made for an interesting show under the nearly full moon. This is another very long video, 4+ minutes. Counting images from the sunset time lapse I posted earlier, I acquired a total of 10,101 images between Dec 13, 2019 3:42pm MST – Dec 14, 2019 7:05am MST (15+ hours) and completely filled a 128GB memory card. This video contains 7,979 of those images, acquired over 11.5 hours.

Dec 11-12, 2019 time lapses

Time lapse of the full moon setting over Tres Piedras, New Mexico, USA
First, the moon rises. Then rainbow colors refracted by frost on the lens (saving battery by not using lens warmer). Then a couple meteors. Then Starlink satellites before dawn. Then the glorious dawn.

Andromeda with new telescope plus Nov 23-24, 2019 time lapse with star trails

Andromeda - M31

I bought a small refractor and have made my first attempt at stacking multiple exposures. This was made from 211 x 30 second exposures taken over two hours.

Telescope: Zenithstar 61 APO
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Mount: Star Adventurer
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Camera: Sony a6300
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Software: DeepSkyStacker
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I bought a small refractor and have made my first attempt at stacking multiple exposures. This was made from 211 x 30 second exposures taken over two hours. Telescope: Zenithstar 61 APO williamoptics.com/products/telescope/zenithstar/zenithsta... Mount: Star Adventurer www.skywatcherusa.com/collections/star-adventurer/product... Camera: Sony a6300 www.sony.com/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilc... Software: DeepSkyStacker deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html
I started out at sunset using a new telescope to image Andromeda and only switched to time lapse after 8:30pm MST. Now that I have a telescope, there’s competition between wide-field time lapse and deep-sky stacking. While I have two cameras, I only have one portable battery bank and sturdy tripod.

Nov 22, 23 time lapses

I knew that frost was going to cover my lens when I put it out… but the focus adjustment on this lens is where the lens warmer goes, and I cannot manage to get it on without losing focus. So do I want blurry out of focus from start to finish, or blurry once the frost sets in? I went with latter, and trimmed most of the blurry out.