Lachlan MacDonald's Digital AstroImaging Gallery

Object: Transit of Venus - 8 June, 2004
Exposure: 1/125 second exposure at /2.5 using a Thousand Oaks Solar Filter
Processing: None
Equipment: Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 8.2mm
Location / Date: Photo taken in Wollemi National Park - 8 June, 2004 @ 15:39


Transit of Venus - 8 June, 2004 15:31
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 93.6mm (4x Digital Zoom)
1/60 second exposure at /4 using a Thousand Oaks Solar Filter
Photo taken in Wollemi National Park

Transit of Venus - 8 June, 2004
Four shots taken at 15:13, 15:25, 15:30, and 15:59
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
1/60 second exposure at /4 using a Thousand Oaks Solar Filter
Photos taken in Wollemi National Park

Partial Solar Eclipse - 24 November 2003 (8:02am - 9:25am) in Sydney CBD
Maximum eclipse was obscured by heavy rain and dense cloud cover
however this photo was snapped through a hole in the clouds at 9:12am!
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
1/60 second exposure at /4 hand-held using red welding glass filter

Mars, Phobos & Diemos - 4 September 2003 - 9:33pm
20 /5 afocal projection (13.8mm Meade Super Wide Angle) into
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
20 x stacked & heavily processed 1/60 second exposures at /11.1 hand-held up to eyepiece

Mars - 3 September 2003 - 10:00pm
20 /5 afocal projection (13.8mm Meade Super Wide Angle) into
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
20 x stacked & processed 1/60 second exposure at /11.1 hand-held up to eyepiece

Mars - 22 August 2003 - 11:00pm
20 /5 afocal projection (13.8mm Meade Super Wide Angle) into
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
1/125 second exposure at /4.0 hand-held up to eyepiece

Mars - 14 July 2003 - 04:08am
14 /7 afocal projection (13.8mm Meade Super Wide Angle) into
Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens at 23.4mm
1/15 second exposure at /4 (ISO 400) hand-held up to eyepiece!

Mars at Opposition
First Light in a partially rebuilt 12.5" f/6 Dobsonian
1/60 second, Digital Camera hand-held up against a 9mm Nagler
18th June, 2001 at 21:00 EST from Bella Vista, 40km West of Sydney.

The Moon - 29 November, 2003
8" /7 using an "iCam Web Cam" at prime focus
Lunar Features include Posidonius, Rimae Daniell, Luther, Plana, Mason, Lacus Somniorum, Le Monnier, Luna 21 Probe, Rimae Chacornac, Dorsa Smirnov, Very, Hercules, Burg, Lacus Mortis

The Moon - 29 November, 2003
8" /7 using an "iCam Web Cam" at prime focus
Lunar Features include Mare Tranquilliitatis, Plinius, Dawes, Vitruvius, Gardner, Dorsa Lister, Dorsa Smirnov, Sinas, Maskelyne, Ross, Arago, Sabine, Promontorium Archerusia, Torricelli, Censorinus, Carrel

The Moon - 14 October 2002 - 20:55
70mm /7.1 & 32mm Plossl for afocal projection into
Nikon Coolpix 990 Camera fitted with 8-24mm Nikkor Zoom Lens
"Point-And-Shoot" exposure - All mounted on a very light and wobbly tripod!

The Total Solar Eclipse
various exposures using Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera
4th December, 2002 at 19:00 - 20:15 CST from Wirraminna Optical Fibre Repeater Station
65km North West of Woomera, South Australia.

Total Eclipse Of The Sun
1/15 second, f/4 Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera (8-24 at 23.4)
4th December, 2002 at 19:41 CST from Wirraminna Optical Fibre Repeater Station
65km North West of Woomera, South Australia.

The "Diamond Ring" Effect
1/125 second, f/4 Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera (8-24 at 23.4)
4th December, 2002 at 19:41 CST from Wirraminna Optical Fibre Repeater Station
65km North West of Woomera, South Australia.

Sunset After The Eclipse
1/15 second, f/4 Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera (8-24 at 23.4)
4th December, 2002 at 20:16 CST from Wirraminna Optical Fibre Repeater Station
65km North West of Woomera, South Australia.

Saturn near Opposition
1/15 second, Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera (8-24 at 23.8)
hand-held up against a 20" f/5 Dobsonian with 13.8mm Meade SuperWide Eyepiece
1st December, 2002 at 02:00 EST from Wollemi National Park, 150km West of Sydney.