Bigger isn’t always better

It’s true . . . Depending on what you want to image (in astro photography) bigger isn’t always better, the exception being Sensor size . . . you don’t need to spend a lot of money either . . .buying used can stretch your dollars and you may already have some of what you need !  an older manual focus camera lens can work . . . (more…)

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Deflated expectations

So you bought or where given a shiny new telescope . . .

Now what . . . your going to do what almost everyone who gets a new telescope does . . .   put it together, head outside (at night) and point it up at something and expect to see . . . (more…)

Let’s talk Astro Photography

Well hey . . It’s 2019, glad to be here and glad to talk about a subject that is as confusing as . . .

well the number of countless sights and other objects to see and photograph in the night sky.

IC 443 the Jellyfish Nebula.  there are some 64,500 stars visible in this photo.

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Dog Days of Summer

Why fly when you can Dine afoot (female Anna’s Hummingbird)

Yes we are in the Dog Days of Summer . . it is August, we just broke a heat wave record of the most consecutive days of temps above 100 degrees (we were in the 104 – 105 range for the most of it) 22 days . . . I will tell you this, that 99 degree day really did feel cooler ( psychologically is did).    And now, well now we are in August . . .  Central California forests are burning, smoke and haze are in the air making breathing difficult . . . and yep it’s nasty outside the ol’ kitchen window  (more…)

A Mid Summers Dream

NGC7380, the Wizard Nebula taken 06-28-2018. This is a narrow band image using an H-alpha Filter, a total of 1 hour imaging time on target.

No it’s not a Hubble photo . . . far from that imaging quality, but, none the less, I am pleased with the quality and the image itself.  It is very amazing how far imaging has come, no longer (or seldom) is film used in astronomical photography.  The advent of digital revolutionized amateur astro-photography, and pushing the quality of both sensors, cameras and telescopes to new levels of quality for the average astronomer.  I am sure most of you in my age bracket can remember at least one of those tasco (more…)

A Random Act

titled:”I Tickle You” , Macro, Digital, fuji x100

Thoughts, Actions, Ideas . . . everyday.   It just happens, why? because we are not automatons . . . Yes we have structure as life on a whole is a lot better that way.  Interspersed in that structure are those random seeds, how we act upon them can result in a creative moment.  The photo above (more…)

Another one bites the Dust!

LOL …. the whole month has been Cloudy and rain filled, no I’m not beachin!  Just stating some facts . . . actually I am very glad for the rain.  My cough is still hanging on  . . . grrrr hate crud.     I am wanting to try some different Astro Photography equipment which as they say is the most likely cause for the clouds and rain. But . . .    

Pumpkin-Girl From 1980 B&W tri-x shot for the October “Lifestyle section” also shot in color “KodaChrome” while I was working for the Marietta Daily.

Yesterday I was sad, I went to a fellow photographers house . . . He’s moving away, and selling / giving / throwing years of accumulated darkroom and other photographic gear away . . . selling off bits if he can  . . . why Sad you ask?   Well he is only a few years my senior, and I could only reflect and see myself soon in his shoes.  See Film photography and all the trappings that came with it are for the most part passe . . . and as this photographer closes the door on a fruitful career as a photographer and teacher I can only think “Another one bites the dust“. (more…)

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