Starry Nights Astronomy Images
March, 2002

Once again, the weather was somewhat less than cooperative during the week we spent in Wimberley.  There were a couple of good nights, but only one that allowed photography until the wee hours.   I spent that night shooting with my new toy, a Nikon 300mm f2.8 ED lens.  The two galaxy shots below used this lens.  Scroll down to see the links to other pix.

Above: M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy
Two images, each exposed for about 70 minutes, combined with Images Plus.

Above: M101, the Pinwheel galaxy
About 50 minutes exposure.

Above photos note: Nikon 300mm f2.8 EDIF lens at f2.8.  Lens was mounted on my Losmandy G11 mount using the Losmandy "dual saddle" plate & 125mm rings.  Tracking with Sbig STV autoguider.  Kodak LE 400 print film, Nikon  Coolscan IV ED film scanner.  The frames above are extreme crops, with the usual processing in Photoshop 6.0.

My newer and far superior M101 image is here

The latest M51 image is here

Link to Auriga area shot
Link to Orion area shot
Link to other Starry Nights images from this trip
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