I Captured Orion

After five painful weeks of waiting for good weather, tonight unexpectedly gave way to clear skies, and the constellation Orion above my home. I finally captured Orion on my DLSR. Without further ado, Je présente, Orion.

Again, like I said in my December 17, 2011 post, I will put this image in my photo gallery becuase you really need to see it in a larger size to see the colours and detail that this image does not show in this size. I am very imporessed with this! I am getting closer.

The image was taken at ISO300, f4, 10 second exposure, using my 18-55mm lens. Anything longer than 10 seconds trails started to appear from the stars moving across the sky. I am also dealing with a lot of light pollution too in my neighbourhood, and there is a tree in lower right corner of this shot.

This is close to what I am aiming for with my night sky photography.

2 Thoughts on “I Captured Orion

  1. You know,

    If you had gotten the Pentax K-5 with the Add-on GPS unit you could use the shift-sensor to compensate for the Earth’s rotation… đŸ˜®

    “ASTROTRACER for effortless astronomical photography
    When mounted on the PENTAX K-5 or K-r camera body, the O-GPS1 also offers the advanced ASTROTRACER function,** which couples the unit with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system and enables users to photograph celestial bodies. The unit can calculate the movement of stars, planets, and other bodies using the latitude obtained from GPS data and the camera’s alignment data (horizontal and vertical inclinations and aspect) obtained from its magnetic and acceleration sensors, then shifts the camera’s image sensor in synchronization with the movement of the objects.*** As a result, stars and other bodies are captured as solid points rather than blurry streaks, even during extended exposures. This is the ideal tool for those interested in astronomy and it makes taking images much simpler, as it eliminates the need for additional accessories such as equatorial telescopes. “

  2. Hey Radam,

    I am familiar with this technology, however, the number one reason for not getting this kind of camera is the price. Perhaps later when I have exhausted my happiness with the unit I have now.

    In about month I will have a polar mount which can mount both a telescope and my camera, that will track the stars effortlessly, and for the entire night is need be. For now, it is nice just to have a camera that can do long exposures.

    Anyway, it is good to hear from you! Hope all is well, and you and your family are enjoying the holidays.

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