Solar System Photos
by Peter Alway
|The Moon is the easiest thing in the sky to photograph--it's in direct sinlight after all. It's even possible to hold a cheap camera up to a (not so cheap) telescope eyepiece and take a decent shot. I especialy enjoy the idea of making a map of half a world in a fraction of a second. Jupiter is a favorite, too. I shoot both with an 8" dobsonian in the course of my astronomy teaching every year, as well. Lots of fun, even is spacecraft have done far better.
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|This is a photo of a young crescent moon taken with my 4 1/2" Rich Field telescope (f/4 Newtonian Reflector from the 1970's Coulter kit). I overexposed the crescent to see the Earth-lit dark side of the moon.
|I took this shot with the 8" Dobsonian at Schoolcraft College. My students take lunar shots like this in my astronomy class, "Physics 104."
|I took this photo of the full moon with my 6" Criterion reflector. There are at least 2 rabbits in the moon. This one was featured on a National Geographic map of the moon.
Pictures of Jupiter:
|I took this picture of Jupiter with the 24" telescope on Peach Mountain.
|I took this picture of Jupiter with Schoolcraft College's 8" dobsonian. The four moons are streaked because the earth was spinning during the second or so of this exposure.
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