A lack of light pollution due to Irene-induced power outages made for some spectacular night skies.

The photo above was created through a process called “stacking.”  Several hundred long exposure frames were merged together using specialized software to create the star streaks.  In digital cameras this method is preferable to leaving the camera shutter open for a long duration as “noise” tends to build up in the image.  The frames can also be dropped into video editing software to create a spectacular video of the Earth’s movement.  If you watch the video in HD on YouTube’s site you’ll be able to see Jupiter’s moons in orbit around the giant planet in the last scene:

YouTube video

The photos were taken with “off the shelf” equipment:  a Nikon D7000 with a 35mm lens.  Recent SLR digital cameras have exceptional low-light performance that deliver spectacular images when paired with the right set of lenses. 

Later this month CTTechJunkie will travel to Ashford to meet amateur astronomers at the annual Astronomical Society of New Haven’s Star Party where we hope to capture more images of the night sky and learn more about best practices from the experts.. 

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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