Finally….had a chance to work up the first composition from the Green Bank Star Quest in June. It was my first panoramic panel in quite a while, so the re-learning curve was a little steep. We don’t often get conditions that permit us to image at the declination of Rho, but in June we had two nights of great southern transparency. This is a 2 panel panoramic with 2 hours of data for each panel. I just love imaging Rho area every year. I can’t wait to get to the southern hemisphere and see this area arching straight overhead! I hope you enjoy this composition. I went with the composition in spite of Jupiter invading our delicate Milky Way field. I think Jupiter adds a little umph to the image. The image is archived in the CCD/CMOS section of the website and also on astrobin at this link. Have a great day!
I just have to share great content when I come across it. It is rare to find enthusiasm, professionalism, craftsmanship, and teaching skills all wrapped up into one special package. Richard Tatti is producing very special content for the photographer. His vision and enthusiasm for night scape photography are infectious. I have learned so much from his YouTube channel already. If you love photography, please check out his YouTube channel and subscribe. You will be glad you did.
Tour of the Green Bank Telescope
Attendees at the Green Bank Star Quest have an opportunity to tour the GBT. It is am amazing experience and I highly recommend it. Be aware that it does involve heights above 300 feet on open metal flooring. But the views are spectacular. The engineering and science embodied by the GBT and the entire facility are impressive. For more information on the scope and the facility, please see this link.
Supergeekdom is rarified Air. I believe Astro-numismatics soars into that rarified air. Join me at the 2019 Green Bank Star Quest as we discuss this relatively new segment of numismatics.