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Comanche Springs Star Party

Comanche Springs Star Party
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Camanche Springs Sky

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What a dish!

Kim and I just got back from the Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas. We went with our friends Trey and Laura and had a blast. It was also great seeing my pals from the local TAS group, as well as some new astro buddies.

During the week long event, we stayed at the Sproul Ranch. Right next door is this huge Radio Telescope. The first night of the star party was partly cloudy, so I decided to shoot some wide fields of the dish. I really like how the lighting and clouds worked out with this shot.

This telescope is one of several that are connected together in a huge array. Others in the array are as far away as Hawaii. The resolutions achieved by the array is amazing (they could read the fine print of a newspaper on the moon)! We actually got a great tour of the telescope a couple of days later and were allowed to climb to the top and walk on the dish -- awesome.

Nikon D700
Nikon 20mm lens (borrowed from my pal Hugh)
45 sec f/4 (ISO 3200)



Beautiful shot. The dish almost looks alive in some strange way, like it might start walking around. But then again I get pretty spooked in the wilderness at night, so maybe it's just my imagination.

Neutronman said...

No, you are correct. It does indeed get up and walk around, terrorizing the locals. It was built on an Indian burial ground ground (a big mistake in hindsight).

Anonymous said...

Nice photo! - I love the diffusion of the stars. Did you use a diffusion filter on the 20mm lens? If so, which one did you use? The effect looks great!

Neutronman said...

Thanks Marion! No diffusion filter -- the clouds provided "natural diffusion"

Jordan said...

I know this is some time after you've taken the shot, but do you have this in a higher res? I'd love to use it for a multi-monitor background!

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