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Stargazing I can see Uranus...

  1. Oct 12, 2016 #1

    Andy Resnick

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    Sorry for the title, I just can't help myself :)

    Anyhow, here's shots from 2 consecutive nights- you can even see 3 moons, probably Titania, Oberon, and Ariel:

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    (10/10/16 at 11pm)

    DSC_6696_crop_zpsi1e6rlf3.jpg
    (10/11/16 at 10:40 pm)

    Deets: 800/5.6, 8", ISO 2000. Non-bleached images (not shown) were taken at 1", ISO 100.
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2016 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Wooo! That's how I felt many years ago when I built a 6" Newtonian and first saw the rings of Saturn.

    This may be ignorance on my part: why do some background objects (in the "plane" of what I take to be the moons) suddenly appear at 11pm? I assume exposure time....
     
  4. Oct 12, 2016 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    If I am looking at the same dots, those are stars- you can barely see them in the other image. I tweaked both images before posting, one was originally a jpg and the other originally raw, so there's some nonuniformity there.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2016 #4
    you know i think i geeked out for almost a week each for jupiter and saturn throw my little 4.5 in
     
  6. Oct 12, 2016 #5

    davenn

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    great shots, Andy :smile: pity that the longer exposing to bring out the moons has caused the loss of the nice blue/green colour of the planet

    It was only around 4-5 yrs ago that I saw Uranus for the first time through my own scope
    The only other time was around 25 yrs ago through my mates scope, back in New Zealand

    I really have to try and add Neptune to the collection one day


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  7. Oct 12, 2016 #6

    Andy Resnick

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    Thanks- I have some properly exposed shots of the planet (it really is a nice blue-green), but there's not enough space to cut-n-paste it in without blotting out one of the moons. Neptune is also on my to-do list, and maybe Pluto...

    Edit- hey! Neptune is very close to Uranus right now... tonight it's cloudy and Neptune is almost directly next to the moon, but within a week (so the moon is a bit away) it should be 'easy' to locate. Stay tuned...
     
  8. Oct 13, 2016 #7

    1oldman2

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    This helpful hint from, http://nineplanets.org/uranus.html :wink: (Nice shots by the way)
    Careful pronunciation may be necessary to avoid embarrassment; say "YOOR a nus" , not "your anus" or "urine us".
     
  9. Oct 13, 2016 #8

    russ_watters

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    Nice work, but I'm not quite understanding your setup: were those single shots from a DSLR and telephoto lens? Or a telescope? Must have been on an equatorial/motorized mount, right....?
     
  10. Oct 13, 2016 #9

    Andy Resnick

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    yes, cropped single shots with a DSLR and telephoto lens. The lens has a tripod mounting foot that I attach to an equatorial mount.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2016 #10

    Andy Resnick

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    Here's the composite, I left the bright star in the crop:
    DSC_6696-1_zpsuyno9pan.jpg
     
  12. Oct 13, 2016 #11

    Vanadium 50

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    Why those three? In particular, why Ariel? Miranda too close and Umbriel too dark?

    Oh and...hehehe...he said "Uranus!" (couldn't resist either)
     
  13. Oct 13, 2016 #12

    russ_watters

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    Impressive.
     
  14. Oct 14, 2016 #13

    Andy Resnick

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    Those three moons are the brightest, is all. I have no idea which moons they really are.
     
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