March 25, 2012

MESSIER MARATHON 2012





Kutch Amateur Astronomers' Club organized this year's Messier Marathon on 24-25 March 2012. The site was Makanpar-Dhosa, the same we conducted our last year's Messier Marathon. This time the sky was very dark but we missed the first and the last sessions completely. Overall our score was 95 objects out of 110. Above are some pics we took during marathon. 


March 21, 2012

URBAN STAR TRAILS!



I just attempted to shot my life's first star trails. I captured 70 images and then sorted them by star trails software. I shot from my balcony and the final image is satisfactory! This was shot from my home's balcony. I gave 17.5 minutes exposure (70 images with 15 sec exposure on each) to create this final image. All images are sorted with Startrails software. 

March 15, 2012

JUPITER-VENUS CONJUNCTION MARCH 2012

stack of 7 light frames

showing the beautiful pair through binoculars



captured the pair of two bright planets with the Sun just above the horizon!



Here I have shared some pics of conjunction of two bright planets Venus and Jupiter that I captured through my Canon EOS 550D Camera.

March 3, 2012

Galactic Center and Surprising Fact!


Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Exposure: 5x20 seconds
ISO: 3200
Date: 1st March 2012




I was amazed after knowing how genius were the ancient Indian astronomers! Our earth taking the moon orbits around the sun. The sun taking all the eight planets, asteroids and comets orbits around the center of the Milky Way. In that sense the Center of the Milky Way is the native (“mool” in Hindi) where all the stars of the Milky Way orbits around. Modern science knows this fact in recent times whereas the ancient Indian astronomers knew this fact thousands of years ago! That’s why they’ve named this part of the sky as “Mool” means The Native or The Nucleus. Isn’t this surprising?