[meteorite-list] Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, AND a meteor

From: Charles Butterfield <cmb62_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:07:02 -0500
Message-ID: <000601cde746$f68fab30$e3af0190$_at_columbus.rr.com>

Hi Jodie,

You are very welcome! I have tried taking some shots of various objects
(mostly comets) with very mixed results so I know how difficult it can be to
get things to come out right. I am still very early in the learning curve
and unfortunately am not able to devote the time I would like to taking the
photos I want to take.

Thank you very much for the tips. I will certainly follow up on them. I
definitely need to learn the sky MUCH better. I use Starry Night Pro 6
mostly but it does not allow annotation and it certainly will not do auto

Thanks again for the information and for taking the time to respond. I
really appreciate it!

Clear skies and Happy New Year Jodie!

And keep posting those links of your photos!

Best regards,


"Well, squids don't work. Hey! Let's
  try elephants !"


-----Original Message-----
From: Jodie Reynolds [mailto:spacerocks at spaceballoon.org]
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 4:36 AM
To: Charles Butterfield
Cc: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, AND a meteor

Hi Charley,

Thanks for the kind words!

MaxIM-DL from Cyanogen has Photometry that can do auto recognition of guide
stars from the catalogs. When I'm trying to find a really dim comet or nova
in a deep star field from the telescope, I'll use MaxIM.

For something like this with a wide star field and lots of bright guides, I
prefer to just do it by hand with even Stellarium (free) or any other
capable planetarium software. By doing that I learn the sky deeper and
deeper each time. Ultimately it makes me a better observer and helps me
walk a big dob in without computerized aiming.

Sometimes dim objects, like these two, require me to dig a bit deeper into
the minor asterisms, hence the excessive annotation.

In the open source space, you might find some useful tools or at least start
places, here: http://tdc-www.harvard.edu/astro.software.html

--- Jodie

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:20:19 AM, you wrote:

> Hi Jodie,

> Very nice!

> Timing IS everything, isn't it?

> As a budding astrophotographer, may I ask what you used to annotate
> the shot?

> Best regards,

> Charley

> "Well, squids don't work. Hey! Let's
> try elephants !"

> Hannibal

> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:33:28 -0800
> From: Jodie Reynolds <spacerocks at spaceballoon.org>
> Subject: [meteorite-list] Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, AND a meteor
> To: 'Meteorite List' <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
> Message-ID: <1859240655.20121229203328 at spaceballoon.org>
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> I was out just before moon-rise trying to see if I could catch Vesta,
> Ceres, and Jupiter together.

> Just after I opened the shutter for a 6" exposure, I saw a meteoroid
> streak across the sky apparent heading towards Ain. Very short and
> dim, I hoped it'd be enough to expose at 1000ISO.

> It did! Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, and a meteor trail in the same frame!

> Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!

> Here it is with the red channel processed up a little bit to expose it.
> Sorry about the sky noise, I was shooting through a sucker-hole in the
> clouds and the moon was already brightening the sky. No other
> processing other than resize to 1280x1024.

> http://www.spaceballoon.org/vesta-ceres-jupiter-meteor.jpg

> (Canon 50D,17-40L _at_ 40mm,6",f/4, ISO1000, 18:37:04 - 18:37:10 PST
> [02:37 UTC])

> P.S. Pardon the annotations, I needed them for registration to find
> the darned minor planets. ;)

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Best regards,
 Jodie                            mailto:spacerocks at spaceballoon.org
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