First of 2012 – The Quadrantids

Yep, it’s been a while since the last post.  Busy time of year, between work and family, and Christmas and New Years it’s just been constant running around.  But I did manage to kick off the New Year, photographically speaking, early this morning down by the Lebanon Green in frigid cold.  The Quadrantid meteor shower was peaking around 3:30am, so I decided to stay up and try to capture a few.

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M-42 Up Close & Personal

Just got in from a little shooting session with the telescope.  Brr, it’s cold out there – but the wind was non-existent and the air was dry.  Put that all together, and that means is that seeing was pretty darned good – no turbulence in the air, and no wind to bat around the scope.  But I’m still working on getting my deep sky shooting technique back, so the shot I got isn’t exactly top notch, but still wanted to share.

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Celestial Conjunction and other Stuff

After work tonight, I stuck around the Groton area to photograph the conjunction of three solar system bodies – the Moon, Jupiter and Venus – in the evening sky.  Luckily the clouds cooperated again and I was able to get some decent shots of the trio in the sky.

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Between Dusk and Dawn

One of the discussion groups I’m on has been talking about night photography lately. That discussion prompted me to go through my stuff and pick out some of what I thought were my better images taken between dusk and dawn – both using artificial (flash or flashlight) and natural (ambient) lighting. I’ll also post a couple thoughts on the shot, and how I made it. And I’m not going to restrict it to railroading photos – although the lion’s share will be railroad related. I’ll also include some of my through-the-telescope shots, as well as other tidbids…read on for the scoop.

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