Category Archives: Constellations

Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades – Another Wide Field View

Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6, 16x480 sec @ ISO 3200
Comet Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades.  16×480 sec @ ISO 1600, Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6,, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, modified Canon XS.  Dark version.
omet Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades. 16×480 sec @ ISO 1600, Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6,, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, modified Canon XS. Lighter version.

The Canon kit lens that came with my camera sat unused for so long, I figured I should at least test it a bit for astro use.   This is the second time I used it.  But, no matter how hard I tried, the focus was never very good and I had to repair the misshapen stars in Photoshop.

Orion’s Belt Wide Field

Orion's Belt w/200mm F/2.8.  13x120 sec @ ISO 1600, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter.
Orion’s Belt w/Canon 200mm telephoto at F/2.8, 13×120 sec @ ISO 1600, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, Canon XS (modifed.)

It was very clear on this night at one point and Lovejoy had set, so I shot a few sub-images of Orion’s Belt to kill some time.  Although the Lumicon Deep Sky filter lets me go deep, brighter stars have ghost reflections off the filter and I had to clone them out.  There’s still a few remnants of them left.