Sunday, August 11, 2019

All Sky and More

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.

I set an alarm for 0130 to awaken me this morning.

Taking a peek out of the master bedroom window, I was encouraged by the lack of clouds in the sky.

The moon was still shining brightly, but was due to set at 0230.

Plenty of time to get the equipment set up before moonless darkness fell.

My plan was to lean back in my observing chair and watch the near peak Perseids.

While watching the sky, I'd let the imager run on a couple of selected objects.  I wasn't planning a full session of imaging.  I wanted to count Perseids.

All Sky

After a couple of hours, and 40 Perseids later, I remembered that my ZWO ASI224MC imager came with an "All Sky" lens that I have never tried.  If I planned it properly, it probably would let me capture meteor images.  Perhaps, next time, though.  I didn't have the proper software installed and 0430 is not the time to try anything new.  Especially when sitting outside in the driveway.

On a lark, I perched the imager with the lens on my equipment table and attached it to the laptop.  This is one of the images that I captured.  I didn't spend a lot of time on it, so it's nothing fancy.  It's a really raw shot.  Focus isn't great.  Hot pixels are evident.  But, it is really representative of what I can see from my driveway.

The View from My Driveway.
In the upper left corner is the top of a tree near my garage.  It "touches" the Milky Way.  In the lower right corner is light pollution from the city.  You can see the Pleiades, Taurus, and Orion's shield rising through the city's lights.

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