ME vs. THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE (Round 2)
Image Credit & Copyright: Hubble & Me. CLICK image for larger view and see below for links and info.
WARNING: Do NOT Try This At Home! May result in horrible feelings of inadequacy and failure lol……ok go ahead, have at it.
Ok, so I felt like having a little fun so once again I thought I’d disgrace myself in the name of science. Our target this time is the beautiful planetary nebula M57, the Ring Nebula in the constellation Lyra.
The top photo is from the one and only Hubble Space Telescope while the bottom blue smudge is from me last year with my Celestron 8” Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope on a Celestron CGEM mount. With my old Nikon D90 I took a 60 second exposure (ISO 1600) with a very quick alignment (could be much better) and this is the result.
As I live in New Hampshire on the border of MA my skies are very bright. With great care in your alignment (preferably auto guided), darker skies and many more exposures at different lengths etc. this photo can be made to look much better. However, I just wanted to show you not only the power of Hubble and space observing but also wanted to give you a rough estimate of what you see at the eyepiece. Note that your eye cannot take long exposure photos so the blue that you see in this photo may not appear at all to you. It’s certainly is not observable from my location.
So that’s it, my second round of “Me vs. Hubble.” If you want to check out the first pathetic attempt, here ya go: https://danspace77.com/2013/07/30/m1-crab-nebula-hubble-vs-my-8-inch-celestron/
Here’s my other 2 writeups about M57 Ring Nebula: