Astrophotography Hit List

For our night of astrophotography, each group will get an hour of telescope time to photograph any object of their choice. We have three telescopes that will be set up that night. The 80 mm refractor can capture objects with a magnitude of approximately 7. The 8″ reflector is our most trusted instrument for astrophotography and can capture objects up to approximately magnitude 9. The 14″ reflector can reach magnitude 14 theoretically.

Take some time to cross reference what will be up in the 2015 fall night sky over San Diego. Look at which constellations are prominent. The night sky map is a good place to start. Then cross reference those constellations with the objects that you might be able to see. The Messier Catalog is a good starting point.

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