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The conditions at my home are usually terrible for astrophotography. Typically the limiting visual magnitude is 3 or 3.5. On this night the transparency was excellent, and I could see mag 4 stars even southward over the city of Boston (less than 5 miles away), where the constellation of Orion was. There was also a five day old moon in the constellation of Taurus, near Orion.

The field of view of this lens is about 17° across, and this is the full frame.

What's notable about this image of Southern Orion is how many jets flew through the field of view in a short period of time. This was supposed to be just a focus test, so I didn't worry too much about the trails.

  • Title: Friendly Skies
  • Exposure: 12 minutes @ f/5.6
  • Mount: Astro-Physics 600E QMD
  • Camera: Pentax 67
  • Lens: Pentax 300mm SMC f4
  • Film: Provia 100F
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Date: 19-Mar-03 19:41 EST
  • Conditions: transparency 8, seeing 6, LVM 4, 20F, RH 35%
  • Processing: UMAX PowerLook 3000, RegiStar 1.0.6, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

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