How to be a Master Astronomer (or at least pretend to be)

Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of the night sky?  (don't tell them about your little secret)

For today's tip I'll introduce you to a service that I found most interesting.  The nice part about this is that it's not only fun and easy, it's free!

Have you ever taken a photograph of the night sky but had no idea what you were looking at?  Well that doesn't have to be the happen any more.  Introducing Astrometry this service is ran through your Flickr account.

The five easy steps to being a "Master Astronomer"
  1. If you do not have a Flickr account, create one.
  2. Upload your star photos to Flickr.
  3. Join the group "astrometry".
  4. Post your photographs to their group.
  5. Sit back and wait about 1 hour.  And voila, you now have a fully annotated photograph showing the major stars and deep space objects.

Great idea eh?

Now get out there and leave your friends in awe at your mastery of the night sky!  (We'll keep this as our little secret) ;)

  1. Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(310.950924635, 38.4054921315) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(20:43:48.222, +38:24:19.772)
    Orientation:82.79 deg E of N
    Pixel scale:304.45 arcsec/pixel
    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :54.13 x 35.52 degrees
    Your field contains:
    The star Deneb (αCyg)
    The star Sadr (γCyg)
    The star Gienah (εCyg)
    The star Alderamin (αCep)
    The star δCyg
    The star Albireo (β1Cyg)
    The star ζCyg
    The star ζCep
    The star γSge
    The star ηCep
    IC 1311
    IC 1318 / gamma Cyg nebula
    NGC 6960 / Filamentary nebula / Lace-work nebula / Veil nebula
    IC 5068
    IC 5070 / Pelican nebula
    NGC 6992 / Network nebula / Veil nebula
    NGC 7000 / North America nebula
    IC 1396
    If you would like to have other images solved, please submit them to the astrometry group.

This can also be done with your landscape astrophotography shots if you just crop for the sky.  It doesn't like foreground interest


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