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Lunar Eclipse, September 2015

After the weather fiasco during Perseids, I was hoping that the weather for the lunar eclipse will be decent in Canarias. Well, it looked just so so. I was tempted to drive up to the caldera, but then it looked like it might be drizzling there, so I stayed home, hoping for some decent weather. Let’s say that driving from Las Canadas at night is not something you want to do every night. The road’s long, curvy and at 4 a.m. the sleep is kicking in.

So front porch become my little observing platform. I have quite a decent view of the Moon, so I just simply assembled the little telescope and camera with tripod at home and I waited.

The weather was moody. The clouds were passing quickly, well, providing at least some windows. What was bit unsettling was soft rain, but as long as it’s soft. I can survive. So peaking through the holes in the clouds, I got my shots. Soon after the Moon entered the totality phase, the clouds became more frequent, so I gave up. The result, taken with Canon 7D & Canon 70-200mm L IS USM @f/2.8, 200mm and ISO 200 is below.

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La Palma, May 2014

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An amazing trip for stars, nature and amazing places. La Palma is always surprising and always beautiful. It’s never the same. The goal of the trip was to see the most amazing sky and places and we sure have succeeded. … Continue reading

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La Palma, September 2013 & February 2014

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So on the way to explore Canary islands, I visited also La Palma – the steepest island in the world. So farm I’ve visited twice, once for pure joy and once for observations, hence pure work. It’s an amazing place … Continue reading

La Palma Sky

Okay, life was going crazy fast lately and still is, but I just wanted to share some images I’ve taken not-so recently, during the trip to La Palma (September 2013). The daily ones are still to come, but the mission was to take pictures of the night sky of La Palma, one of the best ones in the world (yes, I mean comparable with Chile and Hawaii).

I’ve actually learned quite a few things during that trip: apparently I don’t mind heavy backpack, as long as it’s full of my photo stuff and I can freeze down for a picture. Anyway, one of the more painful things I’ve learned is that I’ve hit the limitations of my camera. If I take my Canon 7D & 15 mm Fisheye lens, the result will never reach the quality of Canon 5D Mark III with essentially the same settings. Hence whomever wants to send me the note saying ‘your image’s noisy’, buy me a better camera and I’ll prove you I can do better.

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So picture above, from Roque de Los Muchachos observatory. It’s a single shot, 20s exposure @f/2.8 and ISO 4000. Which I think is pretty impressive. The yellow spot on the lower left side is lights from Santa Cruz, the bright spot over the horizon, casting shadow on the water is Venus. Actually you can even see  Zodiacal light going through Venus, pointing to the Milky way (brighter area going above the horizon). The red and green glow is a natural glow of our atmosphere, called airglow. And the bright bridge is the Milky way… looking into the galactic center in Scorpius.

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Since combining the images with a foreground is tricky, I’ve combined only one image of the milky way with no foreground (that’s to come in the future). It’s a combination of 15 images, ISO 4000 and using dark frame. As in the previous pic, the red glow is our own atmosphere.

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Okay, with this picture, I’ve learned how ‘bad’ is my camera compared to the 5D MIII, since we were shooting from the same spot and guess what, I have the noise… But anyway MAGIC telescope and Milky way is a cool combination, worth of almost spraining my ankle in the dark :)

I also got into experimenting with time-lapse. So if you want to check my super short one, go fot it on vimeo.