My good friend Andrea Boattini stands next to the Catalina Schmidt which is the survey telescope for the Catalina Sky Survey on Mt. Bigelow in the Catalina mountains. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/50 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 800. I used this telescope with film back in 1992 before it was converted to using a CCD camera.
I dropped my sweetie off at the Catalina Observatory with some students for a weekend education program held there at the 61 inch telescope. This view of Jupiter was made with eyepiece projection from the 61 inch (1.54-m) Kuiper Telescope on Mt. Bigelow north of Tucson. The exposure of 1/200 seconds. you can clearly see the red spot, a giant storm that has persisted on Jupiter since it was first recognized in early telescopes. It was difficult to focus the image while hand-holding the camera to the eyepiece. Best image quality was hit and miss as you tried to align the camera with the eyepiece in the dark while focusing the camera lens or telescope.
In the next exposure, you can still see the train blowing in the winds in the upper atmosphere. The meteor left this trail behind which I could trace out in images stretching over about half an hour! Must have been pretty neat to see. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 2 minutes at f/2.8, ISO 800.
I took 99 exposures overnight from my light polluted back yard hoping to catch some bright Leonid meteors. In this frame taken over 2 minutes starting around 04:55:49 AM MST, a bright fireball flashed across the sky in the south part of Orion on the right side of this fisheye image of the night sky. Leo is on the left part of the frame (trace the image of the fireball back towards the left and you'll pass through Leo - hence the name of the meteor shower). It must have been spectacular to watch. I was asleep at the time as the camera kept its vigil outside with a timer remote faithfully exposing image after image. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with a 2 minute exposure at f/2.8, ISO 800.
When out taking photographs, don't forget to look the other way. As my previous 2 images show, I was out shooting the sunset, but the view the other direction was pretty nice too. This image was taken with my 24mm lens with an exposure of 1/25 seconds at f/4, ISO 200.
Another view of the sunset in the Tucson Mountains. This is a wider view with a few more colors and the rays from the sun which is trying to peek out from behind the clouds. This image was taken with my 24mm lens with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 200.
This view of an a partly cloudy sunset was taken west of the Tucson Mountains not far from McCain Loop road off of Kinney Road. The suns rays beam down on the landscape with a Saguaro Cactus surrounded by typical desert plants like Ocotillo and Palo Verde. This image was taken at 70mm focal length with an exposure of 1/6400 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 800. I'd use a slower ISO normally, but I think I had forgotten to set it slower after using the camera for some astrophotography in the days before.....
A Satellite speeds along its orbit paralleling the summer Milky Way in this fisheye image of the sky taken at the end of June from Kitt Peak. The dome faintly lit by light from Tucson and from the sky near center is that of the Spacewatch 1.8-m telescope. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 400.
While on the subject of telescopes, here is a fisheye image of the Spacewatch 36 inch telescope on Kitt Peak. This telescope was built in 1921 and housed in a dome on the UofA campus in Tucson until the early 1960s when it was moved up to Kitt Peak. Spacewatch took over the telescope in the early 1980s and has kept it busy finding asteroids ever since. Today, it uses a mosaic camera which covers 2.9 square degrees per image and reaches fainter than about magnitude V=21 regularly. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 400.
A view of sunset from Kitt Peak using my 10mm fisheye lens. Nice sunset - for photography. But not so night for Astronomy. This image was tkan with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/60 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.
One thing that is hard to photograph with a "normal" lens are telescopes inside of domes. You just can't quite fit the telescope in the frame since you can't get far enough away from the telescope. But a fisheye makes the task easy! This is the Spacewatch 1.8-m telescope on Kitt Peak. We use it to observe asteroids and comets. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/15 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 400.
Last Friday afternoon, I played photographer at my sweeties school Halloween dance. While setting up, I took this self portrait (which one is me?). "George" is on the left - no, really. He was lit with some LEDs and said some scary things (that we couldn't really hear anyway with the music playing loudly in the next room). I used a 1 second exposure to capture the glowing eyes and both an on camera flash and remote triggered flash to light the subject(s). The lens was set at 22mm focal lengthw at f/6.3 at ISO 400.