Out of my advancement with The Bear, I'm continuing my push to achieve a successful Foveon astronomical landscape:
Here is the cowboy Orion, astride his trusty cutting Jackalope Lepus as they rise from the sky glow of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, hell bent on roping the Longhorn Bull Taurus.
For the astronomically minded, The 18mm on the SD14 yields a field of view of 59.80° x 41.95° and I shot this on 10-25-2011 @ 4:33:31 UT, 10-24-2011 @ 11:33:31 Texas time, when the Moon was near New. The single unstacked exposure was done similarly to that of The Bear, which not only allowed me to capture this image, only minimal noise reduction was needed. The 16 Second exposure meant that the stars are slightly trailed, but my goal was for the landscape and not an astronomically accurate image. This image exemplifies the Foveon's dynamic range. Clearly visible even here, scaled for CiC, is Aldebaran, a visual magnitude 0.99 star, while in the actual image 85 Tauri,TYC 1265-1173-1 , a visual magnitude 6.01, star can easily be seen against the dark sky. Even fainter stars can also be seen.
Pixel Peeper's Special - Taurus Close up ( 13.59° x 9.53° @ 100% )
Pixel Peeper's Special - Taurus Close up Aldebaran & 85 Tauri Identified ( 13.59° x 9.53° @ 100% )
Another surprise was the brilliance of the Orion Nebula. The image was taken with the SD14's IR blocking filter in place, yet there was sufficient Hydrogen Alpha sensitivity for the Orion Nebula to shine right through the Dallas/Fort Worth sky glow:
Pixel Peeper's Special - Orion Close up ( 13.59° x 9.53° @ 100% )