March 21, 2014

Holi's Full Moon







Holi is India's spring Festival. Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox on the Full Moon. The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar.

This time I managed to click the full moon of Holi along with evening colors. I took three bracketed shots in order to create HDR image so I can get all the details of the moon as well as the foreground hill. This image was taken using my Canon EOS 550D + 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I merged the three bracketed images in SNS HDR Pro to create a natural looking HDR. 

January 29, 2014

Moon - Venus Conjunction

A beautiful view of Moon-Venus conjunction from today morning. The celestial pair rose behind the Bhujia Hill, beside the Bhujia Temple around 6 am local time making the scene more beautiful! I could not stop my self to capture this event in my camera!

Date: January 29th 2014
Place: Bhuj, Gujarat - INDIA
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: Tamron 70-300 VC USD

January 28, 2014

Polar Star Trails @ Dhordo White Desert



Hi all, after a long time I got chance to shoot star trails from a very dark site Dhordo White Desert of Kutch Gujarat. Along with Mr. Narendra Gor got lucky to be there when there was no Moon in the sky and the sky was really superb. There was no light except some far lights of the tent city in the southern direction. The northern sky was pitch dark with the Cassiopeia Milky Way setting in the North-West after mid-night.

 Me and Mr. Narendra Gor managed to take 160 RAWs, each at 30 sec exposure at f/3.5 with my Canon EOS 550D and a 18-55mm Kit Lens. The trails were created using Star Stax and each RAW file processed in Adobe Lightroom before stacking! 

-Rahul Zota
 Bhuj, India

October 11, 2013

INTERESTING JOVIAN EVENT ON 14TH OCTOBER AFTER MID-NIGHT

Jupiter shines birght in the constellation Gemini, rising around mid-night this month. Observing the phenomena of Jovian Satellites is always fun. On 14th October after mid-night at 1:30 am IST (20:00 UST) two of the Galilen Satellites, Ganymede and Europa will be seen just 3.6 arc seconds apart. Both shining around magnitude 5.5 will be eclipsed one by one by Jupiter’s shadow. In telescopes with high magnification power they will seem to be disappear one by one.

The eclipse of Ganymede will occur first at 2:00 am IST (20:30 UST). At this time Ganymede will be disappeared from the view and only Eurpoa will be visible. At 3:40 am IST Eurpoa will also be eclipsed. Ganymede will reappear at 5:00 am IST. 





October 9, 2013

Crescent Moon & Venus



A conjunction of Crescent Moon and Venus in the evening sky during October 8th 2013. I captured this scene using my Canon EOS 550D with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. 

August 18, 2013

Nova Delphini 2013



Date: 17-8-2013
Canon 550D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 
F/2.2, ISO 400, Exp. 8 sec

7 raws + 10 darks