These are photos from the May Saturday night at Plettstone (near
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salmon, many of Michelle's scopes return to where they were born.
At sunset Mercury was visible just above the horizon.
The moon was out until about midnight. Since it only about 11% the sky
was dark in all but the west. That allowed everyone to begin observing
and enough light to observe them observing.
These were all taken with a regular camera tripod at f/1.4 @ 20 sec
with ISO 800 using a Canon 20Da camera.
The bright Asteroid Vesta was bright enough to almost be a visual
object in Mid May. It is captured here in this set of photos
Here is a SkyMap Pro charts to locate Vesta in this crowded star
field. The red square is the approximate field of view for
the full size image.
This is a blow of of just the area containing Vesta
These are probably the last shots I will do with a fixed mount.
These were principally a test of the f/1.4 24mm lens I purchased for
The North American (NGC 7000) is dimly visible below Deneb.
Altair to Sagittarius
Sagittarius and Scorpio
By 12:30 AM clouds had begun moving in. Jupiter is the overexposed