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lastdaylight

Dallas, US
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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007
Wed 26-Sep-12 03:36 AM

Here's a shot of the Orion Nebula, M42, taken about a year ago. I'm hoping to stir up some conversation about amateur astrophotography in general. On the one hand, with our incredibly easy access to photos taken of these celestial objects with the Hubble telescope, it can be disheartening to realize that we are never going to come close to taking a picture like that. But, on the other hand, I can tell you how thrilling it was for me to point the telescope at this nebula, take a picture, and then realize how much more color and detail the camera picks up in long exposures than we see in real time. It really is way cool! Any others with comments on this - why it's still fun and worthwhile to get out and give it a try for yourself?

D3100(it's small and light, and doesn't throw off the telescope balance too badly), Explore Scientific refractor ~1000mm f/8, equatorial mount with motor drive, 30 sec, ISO 3200.



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Mark Smith
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