Don’t ask my three year old to look at the camera! Got a nice laugh when I pulled these off the phone….goofball.
It’s definitely fading, and thin clouds moved in last night, but still was able to snap a few more shots of Pan-STARRS.
And a little bit of the Orion Nebula for you as well.
Below this text are images that were probably some of the most difficult I’ve ever captured. A comet barely visible to the naked eye, below freezing temps, 20+ mph winds with some wicked gusts, and a tripod not meant for anything weighing more than 2 ounces. News of this comet fired up some of my long-lost inner astronomy/space geekiness that had to be released. I need that to continue as it must be passed on to my son (poor kid).
After learning how to essentially fail at taking comet photos a few days earlier, success. The camera was steady enough – especially given the sail of a lens hanging off the front. My fingers froze, even with mittens on. I have to note it’s not too difficult to operate the T1i with mittens on.
Given a stone wall-based tripod and/or calm winds, I think these could have been better, but I’m still thrilled. Comets aren’t all too common and are a visual treat. Later in the night it became visible to the naked eye, but the camera or binoculars sure helped in grabbing more light. I’m eagerly awaiting comet ISON and hoping it delivers a spectacular show this fall. Good practice for November.