Monday, June 29, 2015

Timelapse of June 23, 2015 Auroras !

This is a compilation of over 70 photographs taken with three different Canon DSLR cameras over a period of 1 1/2 hours.

It's CONJUNCTION night! Jupiter and Venus!

About 9:35 pm PDT, I went out doors, looked to the west and there is a spectacular conjunction of Jupiter and Venus (the brighter one on the lower right) ! This is the closest they will be to each other visually for some time to come.
Also captured in the image (Canon t3i with a 1,000 mm lens) are Jupiter's four major moons! From upper left to lower right they are: Ganymede, Io, Europa, and Callisto. That was a photo surprise for me!

Just as spectacular in binoculars right now, too!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Northern Lights seen from La Pine, Oregon !

After a KP-8 event from the Sun earlier, this morning, the northern sky gently lit up with auroras! Though the human eye could not make out the colors (or maybe it is my old eyes that cannot!) the colors popped in the digital cameras I was using (Canon t2i, Canon t3, Canon t3i). All were taken at ISO 3200, 30 sec, f/4.5, daylight color balance, and with wide angle lens.

These images were enhanced to bring out the colors that were really there. Program used: GIMP

The whole display lasted over 1 1/2 hours!

Some of these made it on to our local TV station Z21 website (and I presume on air) !