posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 10:58 AM
What you are probably capturing is Saturn/jupiter. The ice crystals and atmospheric disturbances along with trailing and vibration from long exposure
photography, that in essence wasn't really that long in terms of taking photo's of trails and astrophotography, which I do a little. In which
2mins-1hr exposures are not uncommon.
The thermal currents around the optics/temperature change and atmospheric turbulence can make an image wobble in weird ways, as well as show up
misalignment in the colour correction in optics. Especially if using zoom lenses or teleconverters and such.
Also, unless she was using remote shutter release, any vibration would be shown up greater in zoomed images. This can be from a simple tap of a foot
on the ground, tug of a lead or pressing of shutter button.
I would download a program called Stellerium, input your longitude and latitude then check the sky to find the object and reference it back as it will
give you up to date pretty much bang on accurate information on planets/stars/galaxy/nebula/pulsar and so on.
I'll take a bet on Saturn or Jupiter, Possibly venus or mars, but at the moment for me in the uk, those aren't all that visible at night, only