The weather is starting to get cooler, so I am getting back into Astronomy. I realize I haven't really posted much of my other passions, so I thought I would share and hope to draw out my other fellow closet Amateur Astronomers.
Here is my new setup:
Some pictures of what it can do:
See the island in the middle of the picture? (1100 feet away)
Here it is at the minimum magnification:
Left side of the island:
see the rock at the bottom left corner?
Lets go to max magnification with what it comes with (no barlow):
Here is the high tension wire tower behind the island. About 1.5 miles away:
See the red arrow?
thats a light fixture at 500 feet. It was the closest object I could see with max magnification.
Want to see who makes it?
Good ol' GE
Now on to some "Astrophotography." I use the term loosely, because I used a cell phone held up to the lens. It is a pretty high speed cell cam as you have manual control over many functions, which has allowed me to take the following pictures.
The moon/lunar surface:
And one of my favorite objects to see:
Can anyone guess what it is?
Please feel free to post whatever you like on the subject. I am planning a Messier Marathon next weekend in the Catskills NY. The only "blue zone" in 300 from my house (minus going out to sea)
What to see how bad (or good) your location is? Have a look here:http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html
I live in a red zone outside NYC