Photography : Astronomy : Ready for All Kinds of Observing

Most of the time astronomers who are observing spend their nights inside the building (except when they go outside to double-check the weather). I had an observing partner with whom I was trading off, so I spent some of my off-time taking pictures outside. The Moon gave me plenty of light to see by and there happened to be telescopes set up for some visitors that evening. I was curious to see if the glow from the control panel would show up in a photo, especially with the Moon so bright. To my happy surprise I even got stars! The Moon was in Gemini that night. You can see two bright stars to the right and just below the Moon, reddish Pollox and bluish Castor. On the far left there is a triangle pattern, and I think the left-most star is actually the star cluster NGC 2169!


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