Posts Tagged ‘telescope’

Spectacular Horsehead Nebula Photograph Almost Good Enough to Rival Hubble

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Photography is hardly a cheap hobby to pick up, but even within photography, some branches are more expensive than others. And ranking pretty close to the ‘most expensive’ side of that line is astrophotography… at least the kind that will yield incredible photos like the one you see here by photographer Mike Hankey. Read more…

Time-Lapse Captures the Gorgeous Skies Over the Island of La Palma

There’s been a lot of gear talk today — both serious and comical in nature — so we thought we’d shift gears and share a little bit of inspiration in the form of a gorgeous time-lapse of the night sky over the Canary Islands. Read more…

New Telescope Cam Takes Highest-Ever Resolution Photos of the Night Sky

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When it comes to visible light photos of the night sky, Hubble has been king. That’s because Earth-bound telescopes — even those with much higher-quality optical systems than Hubble — must deal with the blurring effects of our planet’s atmosphere.

A newly developed camera called VisAO, however, has done away with that problem, and in the process enabled astronomers to take the highest-resolution visible light photos ever captured of the night sky. Read more…

Camera Used For Stargazing Helps Detect Common Form of Sight Loss

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Here’s yet another example of how technology used in space can help us earthlings in other ways. A partnership between scientists at Cardiff University and the UK Astronomy Technology Center has yielded a prototype device that can help detect Age-Related Macular Degeneration (otherwise known as AMD) — a common form of sight loss — using camera technology designed originally for use on space telescopes.
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This 870-Megapixel Monster Camera Has 116 Sensors and Weighs 3 Tons

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If Optimus Prime ever decided to retire from saving Earth and take up photography as a hobby, this is one camera he might consider using. Called the Hyper Suprime-Cam, it’s a 870-megapixel ultra-wide-field camera that stands 3 meters (~10 feet) high and weighs in at 3 tons. The comparison illustration above shows what the camera looks like next to a 5.2-foot-tall girl.
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Photographer Captures the ISS Looking Like the USS Enterprise

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Dumitrana, Romania-based astrophotographer Maximilian Teodorescu recently got his hands on an 1800mm f/12 Maksutov telescope and decided to put it through its paces this past weekend. He decided to test out the imaging quality by using it to photograph the International Space Station passing in front of the moon in broad daylight. The beautiful photograph above is what he ended up capturing.
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Attach Binoculars to your Smartphone for Telephoto Shots with the Snapzoom

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Earlier today, brothers-in-law Daniel Fujikake and Mac Nguyen of HI Resolution Enterprises announced a new product for the photography enthusiast community that they’re trying to get some help funding. Launched via Kickstarter campaign, the Snapzoom is a universal adapter that can attach a slew of optical scopes (i.e. binoculars, telescopes, etc.) to your smartphone in lieu of a telephoto lens. Read more…

Buying Your First Telescope, A Guide for Beginner Astrophotographers

Photography is an expensive hobby as it is, but if you’re interested in astrophotography, you’re looking at adding at least one more item to your camera bag. Well, actually, it won’t fit in your camera bag, because that item is a telescope.

And when it comes to selecting your first astrophotography-worthy telescope, the tips offered in the above video by Mr. Forrest Tanaka are invaluable and very well presented. Read more…

Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard

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Alan Friedman of Buffalo, New York is an amateur astrophotography enthusiast who captures amazing photographs of the Sun through a telescope in his backyard. His highly detailed photographs show the sun in ways you never see with your naked eye. Using special filters that allow the photos to be captured without destroying his camera or his eyes, Friedman creates images of our life-giving star that look more like something you might see under a microscope.
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The Moon and Venus Captured in a Single Photograph

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Behold, a photograph of the moon. Can you see it? No, it’s not that tiny bright crescent you see… The moon is that faint giant crescent. That tiny one to its left is Venus. Hungarian astrophotographer Iván Éder captured this beautiful photograph back in 2004 from Budapest, Hungary.
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