First Night at Anza (Part 1)

M31 - Andromeda
22 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/6.25 500 mm

A few months ago when I joined the Orange County Astronomers organization one of compelling reasons was that they had a private site for dark skies. Now, months later, I'd finally sorted out my setup and learned the ropes to how this Astrophotography stuff worked and felt confident enough to invest the time to drive out to Anza.

I ended up getting out there around 3:30pm and started setting up. I really ended up meeting only one person out there, but still had a good time. I shot photos from 7:40pm until 5:50am, allowing for about 10 hours of imaging time, or so I thought. As it turns out, technical issues, wind, rebalancing, and framing take up a lot more time than I'd really accounted for, however I'm still happy with the shots I got despite their very short exposure times.

M42 - Orion Nebula
22 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/5 400 mm
NGC 281 - Pac Man Nebula
25 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/6.25 500 mm
NGC 2237 - Rosette Nebula
26 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/5 400 mm

2009-11-20

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NGC 281 - Pac Man Nebula - Anza, CA

25 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/6.25 500 mm

Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley, CA

1/160 @ ISO400 f/8 18 mm

M31 - Andromeda - Anza, CA

22 x 2min @ ISO1600 f/6.25 500 mm

Haleakala Observatory at Sunset - Maui, HI

1/1500 @ ISO400 f/5.6 22 mm

M51(center) and NGC_5195(lower right of M51) - Big Bear, CA

10 x 120 @ ISO1600 f/12.5 1875 mm

Andromeda Group - Big Bear, CA

7 x 30 @ ISO1600 f/5 750 mm

Ducklings - Garden Grove, CA

1/200 @ ISO200 f/5.6 135 mm

The Pleiades - Lake Elsinore, CA

20x120 @ ISO1600 f/5 400 mm

Fly Macro - Temecula, CA

1/1000 @ ISO400 f/6.7 100 mm

Triangulum Galaxy - Temecula, CA

31x75 @ ISO800 f/5 750 mm

sky conditions

Anaheim


Lake Elsinore


Anza