Ursa Minor – The Little Bear (The Little Dipper)
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Wonderful!! This brought back memories. I was an avid amateur astronomer in my high school years (early 60s), a hobby which ended by the draft and Vietnam war and subsequent permanent change of lifestyle. Now I'm retired, so maybe I can go back to it. The 'barn door tracker' sure looks like a good project to start again with. Thanks for the great article and super photos!
However, if you don't, and have a 200mm lens, a tripod, and some patience you can get a nice photo like the one I have of the conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus, which I took two years ago, and you can see here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rocco.rizzo/Moon#5275200905588169042 You can even get nice pictures of the moon with a mere 200mm lens, but you have to have more patience than I do.