Having purchased a Canon EOS 1100D and a cheap 50mm f/1.8 lens, I headed out to Lansdown last week when there was some clear sky and started taking some test shots with my camera and working out how to use the thing at night. Most of these are just five second exposures, couple of images stacked. ISO1600 and f/2.8 on a tripod with remote.


First image I captured was focused on Orion. With the nebula (M42) shown in the middle, the belt made up of Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka above. Also easily captured was Rigel and Saiph in the bottom half of the image. Below is a chart from Stellarium.



Next image above was of Jupiter in the centre and the Pleiades (M45) cluster shown to the left. The small distortion of Jupiter’s bright point of light, where rather than being circular, it has a point to the top left must be light from moons Io, Ganymede or Europe which were in that position? Callisto is visible as the first separate point of light to the top left from Jupiter though. Maybe I am wrong, but the charts below and zooming in with Stellarium is helpful to identify things.

stellarium-001 stellarium-002


Took a few other images. One is of Alpha Cassiopeiae above, with the chart below.



I also wanted to take some decent pictures of the moon, but cloud cover got in the way before the moon went below the horizon. All I could get was the image below, but I shall try again another time. At the end of the evening, I had been out for four hours and getting very cold so I headed back.