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Stargazing Pluto in my backyard

  1. Jul 28, 2017 #1

    Andy Resnick

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    Two images, taken on 7/25 and 7/27, both at 11pm. Couldn't use my equitorial mount- a house was in the way- these are stacks of 0.8s exposures (400/2.8, ISO 2500) and heavily post-processed.

    Pluto%207_25%20and%207_27_zpsaqkuvzxs.jpg

    Pluto's a planet, I don't care what anyone else says. :)
     
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  3. Jul 28, 2017 #2

    phinds

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    upload_2017-7-28_14-58-54.png
    Now wait a minute Bub ... I'm no planet.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2017 #3
    Very cool, Andy!
    By the way, how did you find it? Did you use a motorized/computerized telescope?
     
  5. Jul 28, 2017 #4

    davenn

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    Well done Andy .... I have yet to see pluto ... the last on the list
     
  6. Jul 31, 2017 #5

    Andy Resnick

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    I aimed my camera according to Google Sky- Pluto is near a bright star in Sagittarius (π Sgr). I took a bunch more images over the weekend, hopefully this will provide confirmation!
     
  7. Jul 31, 2017 #6

    Andy Resnick

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    Thanks- I'm still missing Mercury, it's usually too low on the horizon.
     
  8. Jul 31, 2017 #7

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    You just gotta get your scope higher. Way, way higher... :biggrin:
     
  9. Jul 31, 2017 #8

    davenn

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    haven't photo'ed that I can recall
    but have seen many times over the years
     
  10. Jul 31, 2017 #9
    Try it when it's hot outside, that's when Mercury rises, I've been told.
     
  11. Jul 31, 2017 #10

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    It's near its maximum elongation now - 27 degrees. (Max was yesterday) It looks like it just set where you are, but there's always tomorrow. It's near Regulus.
     
  12. Aug 1, 2017 #11

    Andy Resnick

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    Clear nights for the past week- unheard of! Here's what I was able to capture:

    Presentation1_zpsrgo1onnm.jpg

    Off for vacation next week; I'm renting a nikon 105/1.4 specifically to try it out for astrophotography (I need to replace my now incompatible 85/1.4 lens at some point).
     
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