Sun, moon and stars

When looking at the world, I do think about what else I can take photos of. Even in astronomy, I am more interested in taking photos i.e. astrophotography than star gazing.

Hence I thought I should compile the photos I have taken of the sun, moon and stars in the past few years. Unfortunately time and weather have not allowed me to make full use of my equipment to do more deep sky imaging.

Sun:

For imaging the sun, I used the full-spectrum Sony NEX-5N, Skywatcher ED80 refractor and Baader solar film to protect the telescope and camera. The sun spots are fairly clearly seen in these images.

Sun - Baader solar continuum
Sun – with Baader solar continuum filter
Sun - Baader U filter
Sun – with Baader U filter

Moon:

I have taken photos of the moon on a few occasions. The most recent was of the super moon in August 2014. I enclose an image taken during a normal full moon to show the 10-15% difference in size between that and a super moon. Images are 100% crops – click on image.

Normal full moon -Sony A7R + 500/8 lens
Normal full moon -Sony A7R + 500/8 lens
Supermoon in Aug '14 - Sony A7R + 500/8
Supermoon in Aug ’14 – Sony A7R + 500/8
Supermoon Aug '14 - Sony A6000 + 500/8
Supermoon Aug ’14 – Sony A6000 + 500/8
Supermoon Aug '14 - Sony A6000 + FE 70-200/4
Supermoon Aug ’14 – Sony A6000 + FE 70-200/4 @ 200mm
Supermoon Aug '14 - Olympus E-P5 + 100-300/4-5.6
Supermoon Aug ’14 – Olympus E-P5 + 100-300/4-5.6 @ 300mm
Moon - Olympus EM-5 + Skywatcher ED80
Moon – Olympus EM-5 + Skywatcher ED80
Hot air balloon and moon
Hot air balloon and moon

Stars:

The only deep sky object I have managed to image so far is the M51 whirlpool galaxy. These were taken with an astromodified Canon 500D, with Astrotech 8″ RC telescope mounted on Celestron CGEM and images stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.

Whirlpool galaxy
Whirlpool galaxy
Whirlpool galaxy 100% crop
Whirlpool galaxy 100% crop

This is an image I shot of Jupiter and its moons.

Jupiter and its moons
Jupiter and its moons

Hopefully I will be able to post more images of objects in the sky in the near future.

Boon