17 August 2012

230/366 calling all stargazers

First of all, can there really still be 136 days left of this year? Seems like it should be over by now. Or is that perhaps because I have a daily reminder? Oy.

I dragged my. . . self (keep it G rated!) out of  bed at 3:30am to attempt a photo of the Milky Way. Guess what? The Hood River lights were too bright, even at 3:30am. I'll have to try again sometime I'm even further away from civilization.

Not wanting to waste my early wake-up, I turned around and shot the darker, north side of the sky. Hey, I got stars! Great. I liked my exposure, so I called my one shot good. My rush to get inside had absolutely nothing to do with the darkness and the chattering noises I heard and our frequent nighttime visits from skunks and raccoons. 

But once I took a closer look at my image at Normal Person Wake-Up Time, I saw two groupings of stars that I hadn't noticed before. I'm no astronomer—I can recognize a dipper and Orion and that's about it. Can anyone help satisfy my curiosity?

6 comments:

Cathy said...

I know nothing other than the fact that your pictures are stunning.

Grandpa Bill said...

If that's the shed roof, then you're facing northeast. The cluster is the Pleiades (Seven Sisters, although there are more than seven). The brightest spot is Jupiter, and to its right is Taurus. The brightest spot is the eye of the bull, Aldebaran. Orion is below the horizon, just below these groups.

I was pretty sure, but I did verify this with Stellarium, one of the 'stellar' Linux applications that I use frequently. And it's free, like everything Linux, and like my advice!

Marisa said...

Awesome! Thanks Dad!

So I said I could identify Orion, but apparently that's only in the sky, and not through my lens. Interesting.

Trav said...

You know...there's an app for that! :)

I love the highlights on the trees. Great picture, as usual!

Sophie said...

mon interrogation : comment as-tu réussi ces clichés ? quelle pause, quels réglages ? j'adore !!

Marisa said...

Good question, Sophie! I should have posted my settings. I used my 20mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30 second exposure.

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