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#1 KiloJKilo

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:13 PM

Sometimes I attach my *BLEEP* digital camera to my telescope on occasion and point it in different directions and let the time lapse just shoot photos. Can anyone ID what this object is? I realize it's slightly motion blurred; I have no way to adjust the exposure on this camera. I do not know which direction I had it when this photo was taken, sadly. It's in the left portion just below the mid point horizontally.

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same image with exposure elevated. note, you have to click to download the full resolution picture from photobucket and zoom in to get a better look. This image was taken at 1:44AM CDT from downtown eau claire wiscosin. I believe it was pointed north eastish between Ursa Major and Perseus in that general area. Sorry I cannot give more detail. I thought i'd have crisper pictures but as it turns out, I think 1 second exposure time for a non tracking scope is too long?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:16 PM

It's...a void...black sky....it's....empty....

Did you forget to stretch?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

I'm going to go with either a star, a planet, or a firefly but don't hold me to it.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:02 PM

Blackbear winking on a moonless night?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:40 PM

Can you provide a time and ballpark direction / elevation? My wild guess is Mars if relatively south and about half way up from horizon.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:03 PM

I've edited my post to provide some more info

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:35 PM

The problem is the lack of any other reference such as stars to find position or guess the size. The color alone make me think that it could be mars (Mars is in phase so that would explain the non circular dot)

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:47 PM

mars was not above the horizon at that point

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:58 PM

mars was not above the horizon at that point


Do you know what it is or are you just playing a game with us?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:08 PM

I do not have a clue what it is. I've looked in stellarium and I cannot see anything that is similar, except the heart shaped nebula or whatever, but I don't think my scope was quite that far east

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

Kevin, lacking any kind of reference point, which is the case given that there is an entirely black field with a single extremely dim, tiny, slightly orange object in it...no one here is going to be able to provide you with a reference to what it is. If there was even one other star in the field, or anything, then maybe we could help you out, but lacking any other reference points...

It's just an orange point of light in a black field. :p

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:00 PM

I do not have a clue what it is. I've looked in stellarium and I cannot see anything that is similar, except the heart shaped nebula or whatever, but I don't think my scope was quite that far east


It's not a nebula or galaxy otherwise there'd be at least one star in the field of view. Considering it's a one second exposure it's either a very bright star or one of the bright planets. The odd shape is probably due to the scope/camera being bumped.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:08 PM

i'm gonna go with Mars since it's kinda reddish ;)

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:43 AM

I have a push to scope and typically just point the camera in one direction and walk away for a few hours. what would be an ideal exposure time for say a 9mm eyepiece?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:12 AM

It depends on the target but afocal coupling (i.e., taking a picture through an eyepiece) is fraught with problems. It's generally only suitable for the brightest planets/moon/sun (with solar filter of course.) If you really want to see some nebulae you'll have to image at prime focus with a DSLR/CCD/modified webcam, or something to that effect.

Since your image was taken through an eyepiece it's entirely possible that the image in the pic is simply a reflection.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:34 PM

thanks






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