Starry Sky Tonight

January 26, 2010 21:34 by scibuff

It was a very cold day in Amsterdam today but along with it came virtually cloudless sky, so I had the chance to continue taking photos of the Moon as it approaches the Full Moon (06:18 GMT on January 30) as well as the perigee (09:04 GMT on January 30, 2010) when the it will be 356,592 km away from the Earth – the closest this year.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon taken tonight through a refractor ATC Monar (D=70mm f/4.6) with Canon 450D, exp. 1/50s

(Compare the Moon with photos from January 25 and January 20)

My next target was the open cluster Pleiades (M45). The effects of close proximity with the Moon tonight is visible on the left side of the photo.

Open star cluster Pleiades (M45)

Open star cluster Pleiades (M45) through Canon 450D ISO 1600 f/8 exp. 10s

Finally, I turned the camera towards the constellation of Orion and one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky – The Orion Nebula (M42).

The Orion Nebula (M42)

The Orion Nebula (M42) through Canon 450D ISO 1600 f/8 exp. 10s

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