Saturday, March 31, 2012

Jupiter and Venus

Jupiter and Venus were close enough on the evening of March 12th, 2012 to fit inside the field of my 300mm lens. I employed a somewhat unknown method to produce the diffraction seen here. I stopped the lens down from full aperture and made the exposure. Equatorial tracking was employed.

Pentax Spotmatic II with the 300mm F/4 SMC Takumar @ F/8 5 minutes exposure on Kodak Gold 100.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Messier 42 / 43 on Kodak Gold 100

Pentax Spotmatic II and SMC Takumar 300mm f/4 30 minutes exposure on Kodak Gold 100 negative film. Scanned on an Epson V600 and processed in PixInsight and Photoshop.

Sure there is some CA around the stars, but this in 1973 equipment! To be fair, there were some high clouds present on the evening this was shot, hence the brightest stars have halos.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Winter: Orion Sets in the West

Parting is such sweet sorrow, unless you mean it is the end of winter. Goodbye Orion, we'll see you again soon enough, perhaps on a cool late night in autumn.

Pentax Spotmatic II 50mm f/1.4 SMC Takumar @ f/2 -120 second exposure on Kodak ED200, equatorial tracked exposure.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Morning Milky Way

In April 2009 when the summer Milky Way was present in the early morning sky, I took several images using my Pentax Spotmatic with 50mm f/1.4 Takumar lens. This frame shows what can be captured with the lens wide open to capture the sky frozen against the landscape. This 2 minute exposure shows that film can still do the job.

The Elite Chrome 200 film was pushed +1 stop EI ISO 340.

Oh yea, this was shot from my front yard. Living away from civilization has its benefits.