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Some of My First Astrophotos

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets - Airplanes and RocketsHere are a few side-by-side comparisons of my photos to those in A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, by Donald H. Menzel, published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston, copyright 1964. My photos were taken with a Minolta XG-1 SLR mounted on top the 8" Newtonian telescope that was my first real telescope. This wide of a field of view cannot be obtained through the telescope eyepiece. The scope was located on a pier with an equatorial mount in my parent's back yard in Holly Hill Harbor, Mayo, Maryland, sometime around 1982 or 1983, shortly after I got out of the USAF. Click on images for larger versions.

Big Dipper astrophoto, by Kirt Blattenberger - Airplanes and RocketsBig Dipper astrophoto, by Menzel - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger photo                      Menzel photo

Big Dipper Asterism in the Constellation of Ursa Major

 - Airplanes and RocketsCassiopeia (Menzel) - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger photo                      Menzel photo

Cassiopeia Constellation

Orion (Blattenberger) - Airplanes and RocketsOrion (Menzel) - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger photo                      Menzel photo

Orion Constellation

Pleiades (Blattenberger) - Airplanes and RocketsPleiades (Menzel) - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger photo                      Menzel photo

Pleiades Asterism in the Constellation of Taurus



Posted March 31, 2012

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