A Beginner's Attempt at Astrophotography

Note about photos: Since taking most of these photos I was told that the movement of the mirror makes my Maxxum 7000 camera is not well suited for astrophotography. Also, except for the photo of the sun no clock drive was used.

Comet Hale-Bopp taken the end of March and beginning of April 1997 from Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado

Hale-Bopp Comet with Mountain Hale-Bopp Comet with Tree Close-up View of Hale-Bopp
Mountain in lower right corner Tree in lower right corner "Close-up" view of comet

Cloud about to occlude comet I have found browser viewers lacking when viewing these photographs. If you desire to see a better quality picture, capture it and view with your favorite image program.
Amateur Radio Operators especially note: 

There MAY be an astronomy net in your area. Check with locals if you are not sure. Along the FRONT RANGE of Colorado the Colorado Astronomy Net may be found Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM local time on the 146.94(-) RMRL repeater using a 103.5 PL tone.

 Note: Cloud about to occlude comet.

Photo Info: These photographs were taken using a Minolta Maxxum 7000 camera with a 70-210mm zoom lens. The film was 800 speed Fuji and exposures were 15 and 30 seconds long. No clock drive was used.

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Sun and Moon Photos

Sun with Sunspots Moon in Totality
This photo of the sun was taken in September 1999 using 100 speed Kodak film and a Celestron 8" telescope with a mylar filter. Exposure of 1/100 second? (Many exposures were used; I don't know which one this one was.) This photo of the moon was taken January 20, 2000 during totality of the lunar eclipse. A 210 mm lens was used with Kodak 200 speed film and a one second exposure. (I was told that I had the wrong lens and film speed, but decided to "give it a shot" anyway.)

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