Night sky through a compact’s lens

I’ve been meaning to try photographing the moon with my Canon G12 for some time now; I finally got around to it, and I turned the camera on Orion, too, while I had stars on my mind. 🙂 I do wish I had a better tripod, as my mini one tends to drift a bit when the camera’s tilted, its center of weight pulling it off in one direction. But to be able to take photos like this of the night sky on a compact camera…we really do live in the future. You know that, right?

ISO 80, f/8, 1/100s. 4 Mar 2012.

ISO 80, f/4.5, 15s. 6 Mar 2012.

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2 thoughts on “Night sky through a compact’s lens

  1. Yeah 😦 …but we have had continuous human presence in a space station for what, 11 years? We have people living out in space; not expanding the frontier, but pretty amazing nonetheless!

    But it’s the stuff that we learn to take for granted, because we learn to make it almost an extension of ourselves, that amazes me most often–the stunning quality of compact digital cameras, the tablet computers, the mp3 players, the smart phones.

    Think: the original G-series camera offered 3.3MP, and that was among the best of its day 12 years ago. By now, we’ve seen similar form factors and sensor sizes (1/1.7″) offer up to 15MP and are about to see the release of Canon’s G1 X, which will have 14.1MP with a sensor nearly as large as those of DSLRs (at 1.5″), all in a shell small enough still to be a compact. We carry our telephones in our pockets. We carry all of our music on players that we likewise carry in our pockets. (Twelve years ago I was happy to have a cd player with 30 seconds of skip protection, a concept that’s become obsolete, maybe even forgotten, with mp3 players.) We can watch movies, check emails, keep in touch with people around the globe (and in low-Earth orbit), go shopping online, and so on from touch-screen devices no bigger than a paperback book. We can store and read any of hundreds or thousands of books on a device with an ink-like display, itself smaller and lighter than a single paperback book. The Internet we now could hardly live without didn’t even exist until long after Apollo ended.

    We haven’t gone back to the moon, but we’ve made some pretty incredible toys in our relatively earthbound days. 😉

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