Can you spot the comet? (Hint: it’s kinda green. And kinda fuzzy.)
I braved the cold last night to play with a new toy: an iOptron SkyTracker. It’s a camera mount that tracks the rotation of the sky so you can take longer exposure pictures. Neat!
I have a sky-tracking telescope, but I rarely get it out because it is so heavy and hard to move. The SkyTracker is extremely portable and I expect I’ll be getting it out a lot more.
This was my first night out with it, and I must admit I hadn’t practiced using it, so I don’t think I had it set up as well as I could. Even with my poor setup, I could take 30 second exposures with no star trails. And with a low ISO, I got some nice colors.
I’m hoping for clear skies tonight so I can get it out again.
Camera geek info:
Canon EOS 60D in manual mode set at f/1.8, 30 second exposure, ISO 100
Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 lens, manual focus at infinity
iOptron SkyTracker with ballhead