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The Pleiades and Mars, the Sword of Orion, and the Beehive Cluster

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#1 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:22 AM

These photographs certainly won't win any awards but here's an iPhone photo of Mars and M45 (the Pleiades) that I took last night at the Naylor Observatory, followed by afocal iPhone shots of Mars and M45, the Sword of Orion, and the open cluster M44 (the Beehive Cluster) taken through a 5" f/5 achromatic refractor and a 38mm Agena SWA eyepiece.  All of these hand-held photos were done using the Night Mode.

Mars and M45 easily fit into the 4.5 degree field of view of my Canon IS 15x50s.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:24 AM

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:24 AM

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:25 AM

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:44 AM

Here's a screen capture from Stellarium showing what someone has called the Red Line, consisting of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse, the red giant star Aldebaran, and the Red Planet Mars.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:57 AM

I just saw all of those last night, with a 5" refractor and a 38mm/70* eyepiece. I threw in the Double Cluster because I just can't resist. Believe it or not, I just had a new eyepiece delivered and the clouds parted.


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Posted 05 March 2021 - 01:19 AM

Nice pictures Dave!

 

Late this afternoon I decided to take some pictures of Mars and M45 tonight. I posted this up in Smartphone Astrophotography but figured might as well put it up here too. I have a 75-260mm zoom lens from my 35mm days that I've adapted to use with a 25mm Kellner and the smartphone. I think this picture is at about 200mm (8x) and probably a 6 degree FOV and I cropped it a bit. And I also took some pictures of M42, but only looked at the beehive.

 

Not nearly as many stars in my Bortle 8 light polluted back yard.

 

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 03:20 AM

Yeah, saw it all last night easily with my binoculars.

 

Good work, friends.

 

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for sharing Dave. Nice photos of what one can see through an eyepiece and not long exposures for once. You’ve got nice clean and clear shots! Can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 06 March 2021 - 02:16 AM

I took this hand-held afocal iPhone photograph on Friday night using my 80mm f/5 Orion ShortTube 80 refractor and a 30mm Celestron Ultima eyepiece, which produced a true field of view of about 3.7 degrees.

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