Connecting a Nikon D5000 to a Telescope

I’ve recently posted photos (also re-posted below) that I’ve taken of the moon with my Nikon D5000 connected to my telescope.  Here are the components that I used.

  • Total Cost: $41.65

Edit: For this to work, you will have to use manual mode (“M”).

Lunar Photography Attempt #1:
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Lunar Photography Attempt #2 (Supermoon):
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Atlas V Sonic Boom vs Sun Dog

This video was taken February 11, 2010 at the launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory aboard an Atlas V rocket at Kennedy Space Center.  Notice what happens when the rocket entires the vapor layer containing the Sun Dog about 1:53 in.

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New Night Sky Pictures

Here are my latest night sky pictures.  I took these December 10, 2009.  The brightest with the star streaks was about a 30 minute exposure.  The rest were around 15 second exposures with varying apertures and iso settings.

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September 29, 2009 Images

I took these tonight.  The moon and Jupiter looked pretty awesome behind the broken clouds.

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NASA Ares I Test Footage

Check out this footage from the recent NASA Ares I Test.

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One Way Trip To Mars

I heard this week that someone was proposing that any expeditions to Mars be a one way trip for the astronauts. While it could definitely have its advantages such as putting colonization of Mars on the fast track, one big problem remains….its a one way trip. Maybe we are in the 1400s of space travel, but who would sign up for such a thing.


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Comet Lulin

Don’t forget, Comet Lulin is supposedly visible to the naked eye tonight (Monday).  Check the link below at Sky and Telescope for a map of the comet for the whole month.  If in need, download Stellarium to findout exactly where to look.

On Monday night February 23, in a moonless sky and near its peak brightness, Comet Lulin passes 2° south-southwest of Saturn.

Lulin’s closest approach to Earth, 0.41 a.u. (61 million km), occurs on Tuesday February 24th, when the comet may be at a peak of magnitude 5.0. By now it’s high up by late evening.

via – Observing Highlights – Catch Comet Lulin at Its Best!.

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