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Nothing to do with Lotus, but I wanted to share this image with you.
I just bought a NEW 5" Refractor telescope. I want to share the FIRST IMAGE in this 'scope. It's the first quarter moon. It contains great detail. I'm THRILLED with it! Maybe you can use it as your screen saver?

It's an Orion EON 120mm (diameter) f/7.5 taken with a Canon Rebel Digital DSLR. Focal length is 900mm (If you really need the technical details)

I hope you enjoy it! --Hal
 

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my new desktop pic !! :up:
 

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Nothing to do with Lotus, but I wanted to share this image with you.
I just bought a NEW 5" Refractor telescope. I want to share the FIRST IMAGE in this 'scope. It's the first quarter moon. It contains great detail. I'm THRILLED with it! Maybe you can use it as your screen saver?

It's an Orion EON 120mm (diameter) f/7.5 taken with a Canon Rebel Digital DSLR. Focal length is 900mm (If you really need the technical details)

I hope you enjoy it! --Hal
When I was in grad school, I discovered an 8" Alvin Clarke refractor hanging from the ceiling in the basement of the Physics building... what a waste. I was very tempted to "rescue" it :no:
 

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Holy Crap!!! ... Hal, that's amazing!! :bow:

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Great shot.

So a question, can you take pictures of the space station or shuttle as it goes by, or does it go to fast that you can't track it? Would your telescope not let you zoom in on something "so close"?

Looking forward to other shots.
 

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ok that last one i want to hear the tech details. great lunar shot and great star shot. is it a composite?
 

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i was surprised to learn that there is a small grove of bristlecones on Mt Evans outside denver. but they are only about 1700 years old vs the ones in the White Mountains
 

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Yes, the star shot and Lotus was a composite with PhotoShop. The star shot was a 15 minute tracked image (a 50mm f/1.7 lens, old Minolta SRT-101 35mm film shot from Mt Pinos near Frazier Park, CA, 8800 ft altitude, in the early 1980's!) and a newer shot of my Elise in twilight.

That photo of the bristecone is beautiful!

--Hal
 

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thanks, Hal. if you look closely you can see the rockies footills and beyond that the great plains. it is a high dynamice range image put together with photomatix pro.

Hal, by any chance have you lived in west palm beach and also in las cruces NM?
 

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Great shot.

So a question, can you take pictures of the space station or shuttle as it goes by, or does it go to fast that you can't track it? Would your telescope not let you zoom in on something "so close"?

Looking forward to other shots.
This has been done. I saw a photo recently (I can probably find it again). I believe it was a photo of the STS docked with Mir.

I would guess that Hal's moon shot was faster than 1/60 sec. Since the Moon is in full sunlight, the old standard (for those who learned photography a in the "old days") is to shoot at 1/100 sec, f/11, for ISO 100 in full sunlight.

So, Hal, what was your exposure time? 1/500 sec ?
 

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MOON BUGGY!

You're Close Steve! First Quarter Moon was 1/200 sec., ASA 200
The full moon was1/500 sec, ASA 100

No, I never lived in Las Cruces, but I would love to visit! Stellar views!

--Hal
 

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i learned the sunny 16 rule. one of these days one can apply it... to the moon, alice!
 
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Jupiter is shinining brightly in the Southeastern sky... Scorpio and the Big Dipper are shining brightly.

Lately I've been laying on the pool deck at night and staring at the stars for 20-30 minutes or so.

I've caught a few satellites too. Kinda fun. I was able to tell which ones by logging on here.

LIVE REAL TIME SATELLITE AND SPACE SHUTTLE TRACKING
 

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Hmmm...yeah
Back on track...

Which of the two (Full Moon/Elise or Star background/Elise) do you prefer?
Honestly.

No, I don't have an image of Uranus and I don't do Toupe's.

--Hal
 
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