Sunshine gave me the moon and the stars…

…I probably really shouldn’t post these, as they’re fuzzy and poorly exposed and all that, but I DON’T CARE. I’m so freakin’ excited to be able to post shots like this, and I don’t mind showing the learning curve.

For Saturnalia, Sunshine gave me a NexStar 5SE telescope. One explicit reason she selected this ‘scope is because it accepts a camera mount, which she also got me.

Tonite was the first night in which I got actual photographs out of it. It’s been quite a process getting to this point, learning in dribs and drabs and finally getting something in pictures:

I took this right from our front step — there will definitely be some car camping this summer with this little bugger in tow. I can’t wait to point a camera at the Milky Way, unfettered by light pollution.

For fun, here’s another fuzzy little beast: Jupiter.

Yes, fuzzy, poorly focused and small-small-small. But you can make out his remaining stripe. In other shots, I was able to get insubstantial dots where his four moons are also visible. Rest assured that things are much clearer in the scope, and the fuzziness of these pictures is entirely my own inadequacy. But there’s only one way to go from here! SO STOKED!