• Posted on: 14 February 2019
  • By: tihomiry

Satellites, cosmic trash or UFOs, the moving spots are everywhere on the sky. Typical satellite behavior is to reflect sun light. It should be yellow or white and could fade and shine due to its rotation. At Saturday I was trying to make a stack of 50 frames of 30 seconds of Horse head nebula. I was surprised that during the 25 minutes integration I could count around 7 satellites passing trough the field of less then a degree. One of the objects was spinning very fast leaving a doted line on the frame. Below is a single frame with 3 satellites passing at the same time in front of the horse head nebula. The lines are not straight due to the wind vibrations. I assume that those are satellites but in fact as I am not sure those objects are officially UFOs :)

On the Photo: Horse head nebula and Flame nebula. Single frame 30s, Penatx k-5, ISO 51200. telescope SW200pds, F1000mm, D200mm

Nowadays we are so into the globalization and technologies, that I can submit observation plan to a remote, professional observatory at the other part of the word!

This is a comparison of my not modified Pentax k5 DSLR and the same, but modified one without IR-cut filter.

Astrotracer is a great way to take advantage of the Pentax DSLR camera in-body shake reduction mechanism. It is available since Pentax k5 and track celestial bodies by moving the sensor. Here is what is it ablout:

Staying at my home inspires me to make some documentation of my experience. I got a dedicated drive for my astrophotos and start reorganize them by objects. Here is an article of the most recent process I use on my photos. Enjoy: )

For a few months from now Betelgeuse (Alpha Orion) dim so much, that it looks as bright as the stars in the Orion belt. This is not so disturbing and does not mean that cataclysmic events are happening with it.