Last updated: 18 November 2002

Some ETX users have sent me examples of their astrophotography. If you have some examples you would like included here please send me a description of how you made the astrophotos and a copy of the images as GIF or JPEG files (due to internet email gateway issues, please send only one image file per message). Send to Alternatively, if you have created your own web page with your examples please let me know and I'll include a link to your site. (david) [18 Nov 02]
I've yet to get a really good picture with my ETX90 spotting scope and SLR camera (I can't lock the mirror on this camera), but while doing visual astronomy with the ETX, I took a few minutes out and did "constellation portraits".  This is, of course, Orion.  I took the shot at about 4:30 AM on November 2, 2002.  The camera was a Canon Rebel G (EOS), the lens a 35-80mm zoom at 80mm.  It was fixed mounted on a Slik 212 photographic tripod.  The film was Kodak Elite Chrome 200 speed slide film, processed in the standard manner (E-6).  Exposure was 30 seconds at f/5.6.  The slide was scanned with a Nikon Coolscanm III at 2700 dpi, producing a 2400x3600 pixel image which I processed in PhotoShop to enhance sky contrast and brighten some of the fainter stars a bit.  The image was then down sampled to 512x768 so as not to overload the email servers.  All this processing has probably ruined any scientific value, but it sure is pretty. (Rick Stankiewicz) [10 Nov 02]
Sun Pillar Sun Pillar
I am attaching a few images from an interesting sunset last month. On October 21, 2002, I captured the attached images of a solar pillar and a rather unique "double" solar pillar. In this image the sun is blocked by a cloud and there wers short columns going up and down from where the solar disk was. The same evening the other image of the more "conventional" solar pillar was taken. This was all on my way home from work. A nice surprise at the end of a day! Both images were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. If you require any other information or details about the shots, let me know. Higher resolution images are also available on request.
Rick Stankiewicz,
Keene, Ontario
Canada (V.A. van Wulfen) [22 Sep 02]




Here are some pics for your site. I took them August 21st in Canada.
Camera: Sony DSC-S85
Shutter Speed: 8 sec.
White Balance: Auto
Aperature: F2.1
ISO: 100

Mike here: If you look closely you will see some recognizable constellations. (Josh/Ari Teasdale/Knight [11 Aug 02]
Star trails
My first star trail shot. This was a taken with a 50mm lens for 1hr, or there abouts (On vacation and didn't have a watch).
Star trails
Also a first for me is this constilation shot of the Big Dipper. Shot with 50mm lens, f/2, 10 sec. kodak 400 (Mike) [31 Jul 02]
I was in the Fla. Keys over the weekend, and the first object I observed that evening was Venus, which I shot at dusk with my trusty Fujifilm FinePix 6800z @ 2048x1536 in SP night mode (no tripod!), and cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop. (ken w anderson) [27 Jul 02]
Sky shots
Sky shots
Both were taken with Fuji 800 and altered in photoshop, but hey thats what it is for. Both shots were taken with a heavy Russian Zenit. The one over the house was using a 28mm lens with a 5 min exposure. The larger one was taken with a 50mm lens for 5 min. (Rick Stankiewicz) [8 Jun 02]
I am sending you an image from the June 3rd Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. I was on my way home from Toronto after a business trip (back to home in Peterborough). When I left the city heading east on the #401 Highway the clouds around 9:00 p.m. were obscuring the western sky, but the skies were clearing to the north and eventually the planets broke through the clouds as the skies cleared to the west. I pulled to the shoulder of the highway and got a few shots with my Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. At the 100 ASA setting and about 4 to 8 second exposures, I was able to get this shot. (Sean Gallagher) [16 May 02]
Moon and Jupiter
Thanks so much for your website, it has sparked a really fun hobby for me. I have tried for ages to take a decent photo of even the moon & I am a pretty decent photographer on the ground... haha. I have read so many articles on your site on what to buy & how to do things, it really is nice to have you around! Mostly I just wanted to send you a thank you letter & a check this out message... so... Check this out.. This is my best photo to date, so I have a lot to look forward to when my adapters get here to get my camera correctly mounted to my ETX-90/EC Should be later this week... P.S. this was just the camera obviously, I can't wait to get it attached to the ETX... I got a T-adapter for a regular camera a while back & could get some nice looking images through the viewfinder, but when I actually hit the shutter open button, the pictures got ugly... I am really hoping that digital photography is the way 2 go... (Rick Stankiewicz) [16 May 02]
Image of the weekend conjunction, taken near Peterborough, Ontario using a Nikon Coolpix 995 and about 30 second exposures. (Rick Stankiewicz) [10 May 02]
I am sending a few images from the ongoing planetary alignments: The April 20th shot was taken with a Canon F1 and 135mm lense, @f/2.8, on Konica Centuria 200 ASA print film. This is only Venus and Mercury, but Pleiades is above them. All the other shots are dated and are taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. Most are several second time exposures (up to 20 or 30 seconds). All images are taken in the Peterborough, Ontario area on the nights in question. These are lower resolution images, but they are all available on much higher if interested. (Rick Stankiewicz) [25 Apr 02]
Taken with a Canon Ftb SLR on 800 ASA Konica Centuria Zoom print film. The aurora (and Cassiopeia) shot on the late morning hours of April 18th around 4:35 a.m. along the Trent River (Lock #23), north of Peterborough, Ontario. Taken using 24mm and 28mm lenses @ f/2.8 and about a 40 second exposure.

See the Guest Sky Astrophotography Archive for photos posted in 2001.

See the Guest Sky Astrophotography Archive for photos posted in 2000.

See the Guest Sky Astrophotography Archive for earlier photos.

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