Star Colors for Fun

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


This short chapter is mostly for fun, although it has the serious goal of bringing out the color of stars. Use is made of the atmospheric turbulence that causes twinkling or scintillation. Kick your camera tripod (gently) to create a brilliant thread of color. Defocus the telescope to counter the effect of small field tritanopia and reveal the color of stars. Create a movie to replay in slow-time and become more aware of the hues received.


Bright Star Light Pollution Camera Zoom Trail Length Star Color 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OrpingtonUK

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