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I recently got to talk to an about cosplay, of all things. That was unexpected.

My favourite stories cover , and other ways to make our universe a little bit more inclusive.

I am blundering about here on Mastodon as a beginner ... but believe in showing others that learning and growing at any age is a good thing. :)

In my spare time I enjoy ... and I'm also a beginner coder, because why not.

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Comet C/2020 F3 "NEOWISE" reflected in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California (7/10/2020).

This is a single frame. There was moon light illuminating Fannette Island and the bay. I did a little dodging and burning and color grading in #darktable running on a Linux box.

Sony a7rIII, 55mm prime, f/1.8, 5sec, ISO640.

#astronomy #comet #astrophotography #astrophoto #photography #laketahoe #lake #emeraldbay #sierra #linuxphotography

First imaging attempt with the new camera!

The imaging train is just a QHY 462, the UV/IR cut out filter it came with, and a cheap 2x shorty Barlow I had lying around. Pretty much the bare minimum as I understand it. Taken with a C8 SCT in average seeing conditions with manual focusing.

I only spent a few minutes processing the raw images because sleep is a rare commodity in our household these days, but I'm pretty happy with the results!

#astrophotography #mars #jupiter

Here's some new photons I rescued before they crashed into my driveway

This is about 60h of total exposure time, shot over a bout a week, and shows LDN 1355 and the surrounding areas. Some people call this target the "Helping Hand".


Revealing the Hidden Galaxy

I made a timelapse of my live stack while I was shooting Caldwell 5, aka the Hidden Galaxy. I think it's really cool to watch how adding more data brings out the galaxy. I only have a couple hours of data, but I'm looking forward to getting more when the moon dims again.

#Astrophotography #Astrodon #space

M101 (Pinwhell Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major. It is about 21 million light years away from Earth. Its diameter is about 170,000 light years. I have combined the H-alpha signal with the RGB signal. Total exposure time: 6h #Astrophotography

In one of the most incredible livestreams I've ever seen in ~20 years of reporting, the spacecraft captured the and the from deep space, beyond the equivalent distance of in 1970.

I never thought I would have such a collage of images from deep space, who would have thought, because here are 20 photos, a part of all the ones I have captured in my career as an astrophotographer. I hope you like this painting!!
#Astrophotography #somosEstelares #astrofotografia

#introductions Hi! I'm an amateur astronomer, who has been lucky enough to turn her passion into her job by becoming the outreach coordinator at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam. I organize open nights at the uni, but also love sidewalk astronomy, and recently brought the library telescope project to the local public library. Am mostly a visual observer but do sometimes dabble in astrophotography. I took this Milkyway pic last weekend at a starparty.

I was trying to take a #photo of #Jupiter a couple of weekends ago for the first time ever, and thought my lens had some junk on it. Today, though, I realized that it didn't actually look like normal refraction, opened up an online chart of the solar system and discovered that, instead, I had photographed the #GalileanMoons. This was a really fun accident, and I learned a few things about exposure and #astrophotography from it!

Proclamation: Let the Horsehead Nebula from this day forward be forever known as the Jar Jar Binks Nebula. #astrophotography #astronomy

Yet another wide angle shot of the #MilkyWay from this past camping season. So many stars make it difficult to identify constellations!

Much joy working on this as it reminds me of warm summer nights under clear #DarkSkyPreserve skies. Once gear is set up, I can recline on my "anti gravity meteor chair" & soak it in. A form of #StarBathing I guess.

30 x 1min 6400iso
35mm lens @ f2.5
Canon 6D & star tracker.


The #supernova remnant, Gum Nebula, is highlighted nicely in red emission toward the right of the featured wide-angle, single-image photograph taken in late May.

Also visible in the frame are the Atacama Desert in Chile in the foreground, the Carina Nebula in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally down from the upper left, and the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud #galaxy.

#astronomy #AstroPhotography

I'm still not over this video launch pad view of from the POV ... lifting off in the darkness, colorful clouds billowing beneath the huge rocket as it flies to . On to the !

The Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) as seen from my backyard. It is about 2.7 million light years away from Earth and with a diameter of 61,000 light years the third largest in our local galaxy group after Andromeda and the Milky Way.

Gear: 8" Newton, 5" apo refractor, ASI 1600mm , ASI 533mc
Exposure: 11 hours
#astrophotography #space #galaxy #astronomy

Finally got my sh-t together. πŸ€ͺ Namely, finished generating flats/darks calibration files for Cygnus Milky Way images I captured at #TerraNovaNP #DarkSkyPreserve in August.

The 35mm lens is wide enough to show other constellations around Cygnus (Lyra, Delphinius). Lots of 🀩 stars/star clouds from the Milky Way are visible as well as some familiar nebulous regions & dark nebulae. Highlighted a few in the annotated version.

Canon 6D
iOptron SkyGuider tracker

#astrophotography #astrodon

Lemons to lemonade? 55 X 30 second exposures for nothing. MSM, Samyang 135, NGC 6834 buried in all the stars. #astrophotography

In five days from now, it's going to be one year since I took my first #astrophotography picture. Not sure where the idea came from, but I decided to try to shoot the sky with my mobile phone.

The first pic is heavily cropped part of that result. Second one is the full image from that evening. And the last one is my latest image from the same target. Still a newbie, but a year makes some difference :)

"A head full of stars"

*Click for the full image*

75 minutes of star trails behind Jaume Plensa's 'Dream' sculpture, a 20 metre high, 373 tonne monument to the mining industry on the site of Sutton Manor Colliery near St Helens in Northwest England

#sculpture #art #publicart #photography #longexposure #landscapephotography #stars #astro #astronomy #astrophotography #startrails

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