Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The moon as seen by me


The moon as seen by me
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
...from our front porch in Vancouver, Canada on the 27th of December in the year 2006.

We bought a 10" Dobsonian telescope for Christmas and this was the first night that the skies were clear. The sun was just setting and after letting the kids have a look, I tried taking some hand-held shots through the eyepiece. The biggest surprise for me? How quickly the moon moves because every couple of minutes I'd have to re-aim the telescope to take some more shots. I now understand why astrophotography will be beyond my grasp without some serious (meaning expensive) equipment.

This picture pales in comparison to what the eye actually sees through telescope.

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