Images of the Moon, Saturn, and Venus from My New Telescope
I recently bought a new telescope and thought I would share a few images that I have taken with it. I am very new to astrophotography, but I hope to be able to post up some more images in the near future.
Moon (at slightly gibbous phase):
Crop of the Moon from the image above:
Moon during the day:
Saturn at opposition (when it is closest to the Earth and so appears the largest):
Venus (you can clearly see it is at crescent phase):
I took all of these pictures at prime focus through my Explore Scientific Carbon Fiber ED127 Air-Spaced Triplet Apochromatic Refractor with my Panasonic GH2. The focal length of the telescope is 950mm, which when combined with the crop factor on the GH2, means that the Moon takes up the entire frame.
While the pictures of the moon show fantastic detail and Saturn has beautiful rings, the picture that I think is the most amazing is the picture of crescent Venus. This picture is the proof that Galileo found that the Earth and Venus both orbit the Sun with Venus orbiting closer to the Sun than Earth. He was thrown into house arrest by the Catholic Church for making this claim.
I'm working on taking longer exposure photographs of some deep space targets like nebulae and galaxies, but the learning curve is a little steep because small movements are amplified by the long focal length of the telescope. I'm going to have clear skies Friday night, so I'm going to try again.
By Sunday or Monday, I hope to post up some video and pictures of the Lyrid meteor shower that peaks on Saturday night with a new moon. Of course, I won't be using a telescope to take those pictures.