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Title: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on June 12, 2013, 09:02:02 AM
Mid winter, southern hemisphere night sky.
5D3 with Zeiss 15mm
30 seconds @ f2.8  ISO 1600
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3FPYQURUGMg/UbhwXPHqx2I/AAAAAAAAATs/MFUwJPbamT4/s800/378A4770_Stars_above.jpg)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on June 12, 2013, 09:28:38 AM
Great shot. Nicely done.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: wopbv4 on June 12, 2013, 09:30:01 AM
Beautiful shot.

I tried something similar with 8-15 mm fisheye, but I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

Keep up the good work

Ben
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on June 12, 2013, 06:19:56 PM
Great shot. Nicely done.
Thanks Click.

Beautiful shot.

I tried something similar with 8-15 mm fisheye, but I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.
Thanks wopbv4. I'm about an hours drive nth of Melbourne and faced a similar issue (light pollution). I did one shot at ISO 3200 but that just brought out the light pollution, rather than more stars (plus sensor noise). In LR I did increase the contrast and added a touch of NR.

In a month or so, I'll head down to Wilsons Prom Nat Park, which is a beaut location for a south facing sky. Then I'll try again :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: SwissBear on June 19, 2013, 03:59:58 AM
Last summer, there was no sleeping space left in our cabin in the mountains, so i took my sleeping bag outside...
The Zwischbergental is a remote valley in the southern part of switzerland, the mountainline is more or less the border to italy. the yellowish light pollution on the left side is Domodossola, Italy.
From 22:30PM till 2AM (where i woke up again and saw that clouds came in) my 600D, fitted with a borrowed Tokina 11-16, took some 30s exposures. I finally had time to do the movie. Enjoy!

Version A: everyting together:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8319/8027477460_d98459626c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissbear85/8027477460/)
Sternenhimmel über dem Zwüschbi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissbear85/8027477460/#) by SwissBear85 (http://www.flickr.com/people/swissbear85/), on Flickr

Version B: One frame after another (12 FPS for more drama, upscaled to 24FPS):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissbear85/9075423809/#secret6f29399cb0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissbear85/9075423809/#secret6f29399cb0)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on June 19, 2013, 06:02:32 AM
Last summer, there was no sleeping space left in our cabin in the mountains, so i took my sleeping bag outside...
The Zwischbergental is a remote valley in the southern part of switzerland, the mountainline is more or less the border to italy. the yellowish light pollution on the left side is Domodossola, Italy.
From 22:30PM till 2AM (where i woke up again and saw that clouds came in) my 600D, fitted with a borrowed Tokina 11-16, took some 30s exposures. I finally had time to do the movie. Enjoy!

Very nice shot. I love your video too. Nicely done.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on June 19, 2013, 07:06:27 AM
Wow, nice stuff SwissBear. Love the video and the clouds coming in at the end (with a moon rise I suspect). Very well done :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Menace on June 19, 2013, 08:33:11 AM
Well done - love the video too :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: emag on June 19, 2013, 09:28:45 AM
....... I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

That's a very manageable level of light pollution and easily processed out, based on the amount of detail visible in the Milky Way.  I visited Perth/Fremantle >30 years ago, I'll never forget the night skies. 

A couple of quick processing tutorials I put together for my astronomy club friends, specifically for dealing with moderate amounts of light pollution.  First one is for Photoshop, second for GIMP.

pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing
pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing_with_gimp
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: tron on June 19, 2013, 12:15:37 PM
....... I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

That's a very manageable level of light pollution and easily processed out, based on the amount of detail visible in the Milky Way.  I visited Perth/Fremantle >30 years ago, I'll never forget the night skies. 

A couple of quick processing tutorials I put together for my astronomy club friends, specifically for dealing with moderate amounts of light pollution.  First one is for Photoshop, second for GIMP.

pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing
pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing_with_gimp
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on June 21, 2013, 09:16:55 AM
....... I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

That's a very manageable level of light pollution and easily processed out, based on the amount of detail visible in the Milky Way.  I visited Perth/Fremantle >30 years ago, I'll never forget the night skies. 

A couple of quick processing tutorials I put together for my astronomy club friends, specifically for dealing with moderate amounts of light pollution.  First one is for Photoshop, second for GIMP.

pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing
pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing_with_gimp
Thanks emag. I just tried the Photoshop example and the results are stunning. Thanks for the info :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: SwnSng on July 12, 2013, 05:17:37 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/9234382567_9d814a4c98_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/swnsng/9234382567/)
July 4th 2013 - Pier 39 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/swnsng/9234382567/#) by Boys and Bees (http://www.flickr.com/people/swnsng/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dbuono1865 on July 13, 2013, 05:51:52 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on July 13, 2013, 06:05:15 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah


Awesome. Great shot!
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: MrFotoFool on July 13, 2013, 07:28:07 PM
I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on July 13, 2013, 08:02:17 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)

I can probably download it and see if it is in the meta data, but I'm lazy.  What shutter speed, aperture, focal length, if you don't mind. 

If I were to guess I'd say, 24mm, 1/30th shutterspeed (before star trails kick in), side flash lighting of the arch, and an iso of 3200... with grain clean up in post. 
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on July 13, 2013, 08:04:53 PM
I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

Too many of us live in cities or near cities where light pollution is rampant.  I think you see star like this when you are out in the ocean (not a cruise because they light the walkways) or out in a national park where it a city is over 50+ miles away.

I think it does look like this to the naked eye, but you have to wait a while for your "night vision" to kick in.  There are a very specialized set of rods in your eye that are specifically designed to see in near pitch black and that takes a while to work.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dbuono1865 on July 13, 2013, 10:39:02 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)

I can probably download it and see if it is in the meta data, but I'm lazy.  What shutter speed, aperture, focal length, if you don't mind. 

If I were to guess I'd say, 24mm, 1/30th shutterspeed (before star trails kick in), side flash lighting of the arch, and an iso of 3200... with grain clean up in post.


Shot settings -- ISO 6400, 17mm, f4 (wide open), 20 seconds.  Would have shot at 3200 if I had f2.8 lens.  Also, grain cleaned up in post, some clarity to bring out the Milky Way and turned down greens in horizon line (all in Lightroom).  As for star trails, there is a formula to avoid -- rule is divide 500 by 35mm (equivalent) of focal length.  So with my full frame sensor shot -- shutter length cannot exceed 500/17 or 29 seconds.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dbuono1865 on July 13, 2013, 10:40:25 PM
I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

The Milky Way really looks like that in person (just need very dark, out in nowhere area, to avoid city lights).  Look at post above to see settings for taking pic and avoiding star trails.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on July 13, 2013, 10:48:35 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)

I can probably download it and see if it is in the meta data, but I'm lazy.  What shutter speed, aperture, focal length, if you don't mind. 

If I were to guess I'd say, 24mm, 1/30th shutterspeed (before star trails kick in), side flash lighting of the arch, and an iso of 3200... with grain clean up in post.


Shot settings -- ISO 6400, 17mm, f4 (wide open), 20 seconds.  Would have shot at 3200 if I had f2.8 lens.  Also, grain cleaned up in post, some clarity to bring out the Milky Way and turned down greens in horizon line (all in Lightroom).  As for star trails, there is a formula to avoid -- rule is divide 500 by 35mm (equivalent) of focal length.  So with my full frame sensor shot -- shutter length cannot exceed 500/17 or 29 seconds.

I'm not even drunk.  I'm meant 30 seconds... not sure why I put 1/30. 
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on July 13, 2013, 11:31:58 PM
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)
Nice pic. Love the arch :)

I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).
To a point, you can see the milkyway. But the eye is less sensitive to colour (in faint light). In a dark environment, like this location in the pic, you can see the structure of the milkyway, but the detail and colour will come up better in a photograph.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: RGF on July 14, 2013, 12:39:38 AM
Very nice
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scotty512 on July 31, 2013, 07:54:48 PM
a few of mine from a recent trip to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

didnt have a tripod so used a beanbag from the B&B owners garden
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on July 31, 2013, 09:25:22 PM
I want to visit some place pretty.  But the family prefers cities with things to do. 
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on August 02, 2013, 12:09:14 AM
a few of mine from a recent trip to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

didnt have a tripod so used a beanbag from the B&B owners garden
Nice. Like the clouds on the horizon of the first pic. What lens did you use?
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: kkelis on August 02, 2013, 02:00:07 AM
More Milky Way

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94530335@N06/sets/72157633344063805/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94530335@N06/sets/72157633344063805/)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: cbecklund on August 11, 2013, 12:06:58 AM
Here are a couple from a trip to glacier national park last month.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/9248888035_6fb8ea4eab_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88990551@N03/9248888035/)
Stars (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88990551@N03/9248888035/#) by cbecklund (http://www.flickr.com/people/88990551@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/9251623718_855fc132d6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88990551@N03/9251623718/)
Milky Way (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88990551@N03/9251623718/#) by cbecklund (http://www.flickr.com/people/88990551@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 01:08:36 AM
I know this isn't my best... but for all the pollution in the air (light and air), I'm kinda pleased with myself.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: drob on August 11, 2013, 01:28:05 AM
To me, the milky way is a high, faint, linear - looking cloud. Just visible enough to know where to compose. There are some good iphone/ipad apps that wil help point it out and describe what you're seeing.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 01:31:29 AM
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scottkinfw on August 11, 2013, 03:56:51 AM
can you get a new family?

I want to visit some place pretty.  But the family prefers cities with things to do.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scottkinfw on August 11, 2013, 03:58:41 AM
Awesome.

I tried to get some meteors tonight and really just practiced.  I tried a number of settings and didn't even come close.  Great job.

sek

More Milky Way

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94530335@N06/sets/72157633344063805/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94530335@N06/sets/72157633344063805/)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scottkinfw on August 11, 2013, 04:03:50 AM
Very nice.

I assume off camera flash for the arch?

Excellent use of foreground.

Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009 (http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scottkinfw on August 11, 2013, 04:08:46 AM
I have actually seen it that way with the naked eye- I was in Tanzania, Ngorongoro crater.  It was stunning.  And no, I didn't take any pics- big mistake.  Went back second time and almost no stars-clouds and rain.  Big mistake.

sek

I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: scottkinfw on August 11, 2013, 04:16:14 AM
True.

Cones sense color
Rods sense light

quote author=jdramirez link=topic=15342.msg290893#msg290893 date=1373760293]
I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

Too many of us live in cities or near cities where light pollution is rampant.  I think you see star like this when you are out in the ocean (not a cruise because they light the walkways) or out in a national park where it a city is over 50+ miles away.

I think it does look like this to the naked eye, but you have to wait a while for your "night vision" to kick in.  There are a very specialized set of rods in your eye that are specifically designed to see in near pitch black and that takes a while to work.
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Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: tron on August 11, 2013, 07:30:14 AM
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.
All you have to do is follow the instructions

Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 10:23:33 AM
can you get a new family?

I want to visit some place pretty.  But the family prefers cities with things to do.
I can, but I have already invested a good deal of time in this one.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jules on August 11, 2013, 11:18:03 AM
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.

You can get Google Sky Map for Android phones for example ... helps when you are not used to it and when it is not really dark (other light noise around)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 11:30:54 AM
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.

You can get Google Sky Map for Android phones for example ... helps when you are not used to it and when it is not really dark (other light noise around)

I have two of the programs for my phone... A while back, it didn't recognize the name, Polaris.  So that didn't help.  Maybe it has since been updated, but I don't think I use that one anymore. 

The other program recognized polaris, but it wouldn't direct me to it.  I'll keep playing with it.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: pedro on August 11, 2013, 11:58:56 AM
Here's a Milky Way photograph, three RAWs stitched together (angle: lower part 45°, middle 90°, upper ca. 150°, milky way from southwest-northeast. ISO 5000 sec. Lots of light pollution.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5336/9435464551_ec88c72583_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/9435464551/)
MILKYWAY03082013KleinMASTER_DEF (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/9435464551/#) by Peter Hauri (http://www.flickr.com/people/guatitamasluz/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Chuck Alaimo on August 11, 2013, 12:35:20 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.  I've checked the light pollution maps and yup, pretty much the whole north east is a big blob of light except for a few areas along lake Ontario, lake erie, and the upstate region between albany and plattburg.  That said, I've had some luck both inside the city and south and north.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 03:55:32 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.  I've checked the light pollution maps and yup, pretty much the whole north east is a big blob of light except for a few areas along lake Ontario, lake erie, and the upstate region between albany and plattburg.  That said, I've had some luck both inside the city and south and north. mg

 light pollution maps....  I'm going to do a  Google search,  but do you have one site you prefer?
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Chuck Alaimo on August 11, 2013, 04:00:59 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.  I've checked the light pollution maps and yup, pretty much the whole north east is a big blob of light except for a few areas along lake Ontario, lake erie, and the upstate region between albany and plattburg.  That said, I've had some luck both inside the city and south and north. mg

 light pollution maps....  I'm going to do a  Google search,  but do you have one site you prefer?

that's all i did, google search...not sure what the best one is though...all the ones i saw though showed a ton of light action in the whole northeast...with little pockets here and there.  tough thing too is with the best spots being so far away, you kind of have to make it a full day adventure - the few times i have just gone out at night fell into the trap of...great...it's dark, i don't know where I'm going....lol
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 11, 2013, 05:15:31 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.  I've checked the light pollution maps and yup, pretty much the whole north east is a big blob of light except for a few areas along lake Ontario, lake erie, and the upstate region between albany and plattburg.  That said, I've had some luck both inside the city and south and north. mg

 light pollution maps....  I'm going to do a  Google search,  but do you have one site you prefer?

that's all i did, google search...not sure what the best one is though...all the ones i saw though showed a ton of light action in the whole northeast...with little pockets here and there.  tough thing too is with the best spots being so far away, you kind of have to make it a full day adventure - the few times i have just gone out at night fell into the trap of...great...it's dark, i don't know where I'm going....lol

I  did some night shooting last night.  I  knew I  wanted to do some shots in a corn fields and I  came away with some solid shots.  I was thinking that I might just drive twenty miles north and see what happens...  but I  was  either sleepy or lazy and just went home. 
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on August 12, 2013, 09:13:38 AM
Just passing through....

5D3 with Zeiss 15mm f2.8
ISO 1600, 30sec @ f4
Fill flash for the road sign
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C1WI2gtCDyo/UgjeFA0fqQI/AAAAAAAAAVM/KQv0EQNQc8E/s800/378A5260_Night_sky_St_Andrews_mian_road.jpg)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 12, 2013, 09:49:03 AM
Just passing through....

5D3 with Zeiss 15mm f2.8
ISO 1600, 30sec @ f4
Fill flash for the road sign
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C1WI2gtCDyo/UgjeFA0fqQI/AAAAAAAAAVM/KQv0EQNQc8E/s800/378A5260_Night_sky_St_Andrews_mian_road.jpg)

 I'm looking at it on my phone,  but the road sign looks fake,  like it was copy and pasted.  I  know it wasn't,  but it does.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: serendipidy on August 12, 2013, 06:53:10 PM
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.
All you have to do is follow the instructions

Or... face true north (use a compass and factor in your magnetic declination for that area) and then look your latitude in degrees above the horizon. Polaris is not very impressive.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Frost on August 12, 2013, 07:57:50 PM
Weatherman said we were supposed to get a thunderstorm with a whole bunch of clouds so I decided NOT to take the 3 hour drive to dark sky territory I had planned.

Then just before midnight...the clouds VANISHED.

So I jumped in the car and booked it as far north as I could in an hour.

Not ideal, but fairly dark skies.

Played around for a few hours.

Below is a composite. About 18 or so meteors & the Milky Way.

6D, Tokina 11-16mm at 16mm, 2.8, 6400, 25 seconds.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegardnerphotography/9495275095/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegardnerphotography/9495275095/#)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on August 12, 2013, 08:13:41 PM
Just passing through....

5D3 with Zeiss 15mm f2.8
ISO 1600, 30sec @ f4
Fill flash for the road sign
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C1WI2gtCDyo/UgjeFA0fqQI/AAAAAAAAAVM/KQv0EQNQc8E/s800/378A5260_Night_sky_St_Andrews_mian_road.jpg)

 I'm looking at it on my phone,  but the road sign looks fake,  like it was copy and pasted.  I  know it wasn't,  but it does.
Its real. I took 3 pics in total. The first to calibrate the exposure for the stars. The second, is this one. The third, I moved the tripod closer to the sign. But the sign overwhelmed the image, plus, the flash lit up some of the trees in the background.

I probably spent more time getting there and setting up the camera, rather than actually taking the pic :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: EdB on August 12, 2013, 10:49:11 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.

This is one of the best places on the east coast, probably not too far of a drive for you. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/ (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/) Haven't been there myself but I do plan to go someday. Five hour drive for me and planning around the weather can be tough.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: LOALTD on August 12, 2013, 11:05:24 PM
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 12, 2013, 11:06:29 PM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.

This is one of the best places on the east coast, probably not too far of a drive for you. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/ (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/) Haven't been there myself but I do plan to go someday. Five hour drive for me and planning around the weather can be tough.

3.3 hours for me... I hate driving... Maybe if it was within an hour...  Maybe I can get the local camera club to carpool.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dswtan on August 13, 2013, 12:04:52 AM
light pollution maps.... 
Just FYI, the definitive popular one is: http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/ (http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on August 13, 2013, 08:16:21 AM
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: jdramirez on August 13, 2013, 08:24:25 AM
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

 based on the color and the religious considerations,  I'm  going to guess it was the devil.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on August 13, 2013, 08:35:01 AM
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

 based on the color and the religious considerations,  I'm  going to guess it was the devil.
LOL, that was my next guess :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: tomscott on August 13, 2013, 10:33:03 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/8900167224_d75dda117e_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscottphotography/8900167224/)
Penrith Beacon, Star gazing, 16,000ISO! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscottphotography/8900167224/#) by TomScottPhoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/tomscottphotography/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: LOALTD on August 13, 2013, 04:31:33 PM
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

It was actually car brake lights!

Thanks, glad you like them!
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on November 05, 2013, 12:07:31 AM
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania at night. The Southern Cross and Pointers are just above the mountains, center / bottom of pic.
5D3 with 15mm Zeiss @ f2.8  30 seconds  ISO 3,200
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tWf_hoaQucc/Unh8SKQY6kI/AAAAAAAAAag/AR5-iY8QxSg/s800/378A7025_Cradle_mountain_star_lit.jpg)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Chuck Alaimo on November 05, 2013, 03:26:33 AM
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.

This is one of the best places on the east coast, probably not too far of a drive for you. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/ (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/) Haven't been there myself but I do plan to go someday. Five hour drive for me and planning around the weather can be tough.

3 hours....not too far....TY
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: tomscott on November 07, 2013, 08:02:27 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/10692372215_a8214ec754_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscottphotography/10692372215/)
Hallin Fell, Ullswater Cumbria, starscape (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscottphotography/10692372215/#) by TomScottPhoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/tomscottphotography/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sporgon on November 13, 2013, 04:04:24 PM
Practising for a moonlight landscape that I have in mind.

85/1.8 @2.8 1 sec 320 ISO 5DII
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sporgon on November 19, 2013, 03:59:26 PM
Moonrise this evening
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: yorgasor on January 06, 2014, 04:47:24 PM
I had all but given up on trying to get a good star trails photo.  The 1/2 hr exposures I tried produced star trails, but only for the brightest stars in the sky.  The rest were absorbed in the light pollution.  So, I decided to try and make time lapse videos of the stars. In the winter, that usually means sitting out in a field for a couple hours freezing your butt off, and learning your lens will frost up after about an hour.

But yesterday I came across some free software called Star Trails that creates a composite of a set of photos.  This software  salvaged the two hours I spent freezing in a field, using just the photos before my lens frosted over.  It's about 150 photos, taken with a Rokinon 14mm @ f/2.8, ISO 1250 & 13s exposures.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/11785208835_cea6e284bc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11785208835/)
Star Trails (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11785208835/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on January 06, 2014, 05:09:46 PM
Great job on this one yorgasor. Well done.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: yorgasor on January 08, 2014, 12:05:15 PM
Here's one I did last night.  I loved the reflections of the stars in the still pond.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/11838041674_53da7689f7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/)
Stars and mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on January 08, 2014, 12:59:01 PM
Awesome. Great job.  8)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: yorgasor on January 08, 2014, 02:12:37 PM
I've discovered that astrophotography does horrible things to your sleep cycle.  You start looking at the weather forecast and thinking, "Oh, clear skies tonight.  I guess I can stay up until 4am."  On a side note, there was a recent solar flare that should produce low latitude northern lights.  They should arrive around 3am eastern time: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Auroras-in-Our-Future-239252891.html (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Auroras-in-Our-Future-239252891.html)  I guess it'll be another late night for me.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: extremeinstability on January 08, 2014, 04:10:59 PM
fwiw the other model has it arriving at 6pm central time.  This model first had it at noon today but the update pushed it back to 6pm.  http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=2038-01-23+00%3A44%3A00&window=-1&cygnetId=261 (http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=2038-01-23+00%3A44%3A00&window=-1&cygnetId=261)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1074665_765473593482676_121729842_o.jpg (https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1074665_765473593482676_121729842_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on January 11, 2014, 04:37:06 PM
Here's one I did last night.  I loved the reflections of the stars in the still pond.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/11838041674_53da7689f7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/)
Stars and mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr
Wow, fantastic pic. Love it :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 03:13:42 AM
These shots are not really worthy of posting but they represent my first ever, using the iOptron tracker.  I haven't even done any serious shots period other than the moon before deciding to buy this unit (it is well made).  I'm looking for feedback on how to locate Polaris, which in this case I did by holding up a paper print of the big dipper and eyeballing where it was on the circle.  The app I downloaded to my computer did not agree at all.  I'm assuming for 30 sec. exposures I must have been pretty close.  I don't yet have a ball head so all I could do was mount my camera at 90 degrees to Polaris, facing south.

I'd like to become more involved in the type of landscape shots such as in this thread so any helpful advice would be very welcome.  One shot was the 24-70 F4 at 24, the other two were the 70 - 200 at 70 and 200.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: niteclicks on January 31, 2014, 09:40:10 AM
Looks like you got pretty close, although 30sec @ 24mm is on the edge of a single frame from a tripod. The 6D should give real nice results at iso 800, the first photo exposure is right at minimum ( assuming no post), the banding and color noise in the other two are from under exposure  get your sky up off the bottom of the histogram without blowing out the brightest stars , shoot raw, and stack. You will be amazed at how full the sky actually is of interesting things.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr_Canuck on January 31, 2014, 10:47:25 AM
Nicely shot. I like the framing of the trees you chose.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 11:48:43 AM
niteclicks, thanks for the feedback.  I've never stacked in my life but I imagine it's just sequential shots without tampering, assuming the tracker is doing its job and then I think DPP can do the job??

I think I may have dropped the brightness of the 24 mm a bit thinking it was overexposed.

I assume B is used for the longer exposures and I need a remote release although I've started using the 6D WiFi and that might be a solution (it is to the cold).

Can you suggest the manual settings that you might use and the time for a couple different scenarios? 

What do I look for in terms of judging the quality of results, say between my lenses and focal lengths?

Can you suggest any threads or links that would be aimed at my situation as a beginner with stars?

I'm an handyman machinist and welder and am planning to modify the final attachment point of the tracker so that my mount location is up and level rather than angled at Polaris.  Do you foresee any problem with placing my gimble (quite light Jobu) on that as I would place it on a tripod?  I prefer gimbal to ball head (which I don't have at the moment).

Asking a lot with all these questions! :-[

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 12:13:21 PM
Moonrise this evening

As a beginner (me), would you mind sharing the details of how you get this kind of shot? :)

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: niteclicks on January 31, 2014, 12:50:56 PM
Its hard to give general settings because the sky varies from literally mile to mile . Here is a single frame of M8 and the final from some years ago when I started. The single frame is at iso 800 (max the 40D could really do cleanly) 60 sec with a 200mm f4 scope. The stack is 30 frames processed with Images Plus.  I haven't done much since I moved but hope to get my mount setup permanently this year and get started again. If I could manage this from a noisy 40D I can't wait to see what the 5DIII can do, and I've learned since then too.

http://src3rsteve.zenfolio.com/p289498573/e39116171 (http://src3rsteve.zenfolio.com/p289498573/e39116171)

http://src3rsteve.zenfolio.com/p289498573/e12589ca0 (http://src3rsteve.zenfolio.com/p289498573/e12589ca0)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 01:00:15 PM
Thanks niteclicks, keep me in mind if other thoughts pop into your head.  Since I got my first DSLR a couple years ago, and now being retired, I'm like a kid at Christmas with his first camera.  Moving up to the 6D was a great boost too.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: niteclicks on January 31, 2014, 01:15:09 PM
I would think you should have some really nice skies up there. Nice way to retire shoot all night, process all day, who needs sleep. 8)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 01:50:04 PM
niteclicks, right on, but I have a wife.  Of course that has its benefits too!  Night sky here is often very clear.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dcm on January 31, 2014, 02:51:11 PM
Stellarium Mobile on a smart phone can help you get oriented to the stars outdoors.  I use Stellarium on my desktop/laptop to scout things before hand.  There are a few methods that can help you find Polaris using other constellations at reference points.

http://survivaltopics.com/how-to-find-the-north-star/ (http://survivaltopics.com/how-to-find-the-north-star/) (simple version)
http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~huffman/finddip.html (http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~huffman/finddip.html)  (shows seasonal orientation change)
http://davidburchnavigation.blogspot.com/2013/03/finding-north-star.html (http://davidburchnavigation.blogspot.com/2013/03/finding-north-star.html) (other constellations)

Practice helps.  Go out at night, even when you don't shoot and pick out the stars.   I can consistently pick out the dippers, North Star and several constellations without any help.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sporgon on January 31, 2014, 03:38:01 PM
85/1.8 @2.8

Can't believe how fast the stars move. Made me feel quite dizzy when I saw the frames.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: joshmurrah on January 31, 2014, 04:29:39 PM
pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing

I'm soooo gonna try that, cool tips/ideas!
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 05:05:49 PM
(Dumb) Question anyone.  How does the movement of the stars and planets and moon relate wrt. photography? 

Is there any way of combining the landscape stationary with tracked stars?

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 05:06:32 PM
dcm, thanks for that.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 05:33:44 PM
dcm, those were great links for finding Polaris but I'm still a little uncertain about locating it on my circle in the alignment telescope of the iOptron tracker.  I'm also wondering just how critical it is to place, like how long would exposures be where the lack of perfect alignment would show?

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: niteclicks on January 31, 2014, 06:17:34 PM
dcm, those were great links for finding Polaris but I'm still a little uncertain about locating it on my circle in the alignment telescope of the iOptron tracker.  I'm also wondering just how critical it is to place, like how long would exposures be where the lack of perfect alignment would show?

Jack

 Jack if you got the polar scope with the ioptron you can use stellarium and turn on "show equatorial grid" then zoom in on Polaris this will show you where on the circle Polaris should be, but you need to check your polar scope frist to see if the image is mirrored and or flipped ( do this in daylight) that way you will know if you need to set Polaris mirrored and or flipped . confused Yet ?  You said you are handy, making a mount for the ioptrom (worm and gears ) that will let you make small adjustments to the horizon and latitude will greatly simplify setting up. The better the alignment the longer the exposure and the deeper you can go. The nice thing about the 6D (from what I've heard) iso 3200 should be usable, at least to start, take a few long exposures say 1,2,3 min ea look at your trailing. say you were at iso 400 and trailing was starting to show at 2 min , bump up to 800 and shoot 1 min. get something to play with and work on getting a better alignment next time. For the most part (other than comets , etc.) These things will be there forever but you wont and once you are hooked you will find good skies less common than you think, I know on average its cloudy the same amount but it seems to be more now that I pay closer attention to it.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dcm on January 31, 2014, 06:19:25 PM
dcm, those were great links for finding Polaris but I'm still a little uncertain about locating it on my circle in the alignment telescope of the iOptron tracker.  I'm also wondering just how critical it is to place, like how long would exposures be where the lack of perfect alignment would show?

Jack

The Vixen Polarie has similar aiming mechanisms.  A small sight hole or a optional scope you can insert for more precise alignment.  The site hole method wasn't very accurate in my experience so I prefer to use the scope for final alignment.   I start with the two eye method using the site hole to get me in the ball park, with one eye looking through the site hole and the other eye unobstructed.  Searching for Polaris through the scope doesn't work very well.  It takes a little practice but I can usually get Polaris in the site hole without too much trouble.  Then I use the scope to fine tune my aim.    The Vixen scope is a bit different, with dials to set date/time/meridian on the scope - no app needed.  The iOptron scope and phone app use a different approach - you adjust have to figure out where to place Polaris in the view on the scope based on angle and radius.  Page 9 of the manual had a pretty good description - I think I could work with it.  Is there something else I'm missing.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 07:21:38 PM
Thanks dcm,  Although I'm not a dummy in general (don't ask my wife though), I'm coming to this topic with total ignoarance so even the terminology is confusing, but I think I've just about got it.  I've just reread page 9 and where I got off track is that the app I downloaded to my computer was displaying the location of Polaris on the circle quite in contradiction to the printed page that showed the big dipper and suggested holding the page to match the sky and then placing Polaris on the center of the three circles, accordingly.

The shots I took apparently had Polaris fairly close based on the printed page big dipper.  The app would have had me placing Polaris far from that but again my question is, as long as you've got Polaris into the region of the inner three circles is it that critical??  Would I see significant trails in 30 seconds?

Unfortunately it's too cold to just stand out there and fool around! ;)

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dcm on January 31, 2014, 09:02:19 PM
The location of the green dot/plus changes.  The position (10h24.1m, r=40.8min) illustrated in the manual is for the lat/lon/time given - NW of Boston.  Yours will likely be different.   

Getting Polaris to the right h/m/r will give you more accurate tracking and allow longer exposures.  Just getting it on the screen is a pretty good start and probably about as well as people that buy the low end version without the scope are able to achieve or building a barn door tracker.  I'd expect slight elongation/oval if you don't get the tracking axis aligned properly.

The Vixen Polarie seems to use the same type mechanism.  The manual is a bit better and provides maximum shutter speed for different focal lengths and drive speeds on page 19 and 20.  You might use this as a guideline.
http://www.vixenoptics.com/PDF/POLARIE%20Manual.pdf (http://www.vixenoptics.com/PDF/POLARIE%20Manual.pdf)

If you have a north facing window with a clear view of Polaris, you can test this out indoors without freezing to death.  Aim your tracking unit at Polaris and then setup the camera aimed at Polaris as well.  if everything is working you shouldn't see the normal circular star trails and the stars should stay pinpoints.  Try decreasing the shutter speed until it does.  You'll probably need a remote like the TC-80N3 to do this.  I may have to try this myself.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on January 31, 2014, 11:09:19 PM
Thanks dcm, at least I'm off and running and I'll learn all the tricks in due course.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: dcm on January 31, 2014, 11:23:49 PM
Have fun.  I got mine in the summer so the weather was a bit nicer to practice.  But I did have to stay up later to get dark skies -_-
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: charlesbanke on February 04, 2014, 10:11:44 PM
(http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/Landscapes/i-Pcm86gC/0/M/milky%20way-M.jpg) (http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/Landscapes/i-Pcm86gC/A)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on February 04, 2014, 10:17:50 PM
Great shot charlesbanke. Nicely done.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: wearle on February 08, 2014, 09:10:31 PM
To all,

Here's my first and second attempt at star trails.  In my first attempt, I made the mistake of too short of an exposure.  It would generally be somewhat light polluted near Battle Mountain, but fog and low cloud had enveloped the lower terrain blocking out all the light pollution coming from the Columbia Basin.  My exposures should have been two minutes, but they were only 20 seconds.  :(  On my second attempt, I raised my exposure to one minute since it was the longest I could go without blowing out the illuminated fog below over Pendleton, Oregon.  I believe it's a better attempt than the first, but still room for improvement.  A couple of vehicles went by and down Emigrant Hill during a couple of the exposures.  I'm not quite sure if the illuminated foreground hurts or helps the image.  What are your thoughts?

Thanks for looking,

Wade
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on February 09, 2014, 01:16:47 AM
Well Wade, I like them, but I'm new to this too.  Just keep on experimenting!  I think car trails are cool too.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: emag on February 09, 2014, 02:44:29 AM
6D on a 2000mm f/10 telescope with 2xTC.   Seas of Tranquility and Serenity, crater Plato and the nearby Alpine Valley, craters Archimedes and Eratosthenes, crater Copernicus at sunrise.  ISO320, 1/25. 

Larger view - macro extenders (total 65mm) added between 2xTC and camera body to increase the effective focal length.  ISO640, 1/80.

Taken evening of 8 February, first decent night in two weeks.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on February 10, 2014, 12:43:24 AM
I know I am an anomaly in the world of photographers but I can't help getting into construction projects.  Having purchased the iOptron Skytracker and not having a ball head I got to wondering how a gimbal could work, so I have made this mod.  I can now use it, provided it's not too cold like the present -20 C and I'll report on how it works out.  I'm also hoping that with a simple tapered block I could do horizon shots without ball head or gimbal with perhaps more rigidity and increased payload. 

It's a fixed angle for my location so that's a potential problem for future consideration.  I'm pretty sure working off the now level platform will be an advantage.  We shall see.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on February 16, 2014, 01:01:25 AM
A small addition to the last post.  It became apparent that the iOptron had a serious problem with the rotaional mount at the very bottom - a single small thumb screw that would prevent rotation but still allowed significant wobble.

The modification added here along with a thin shim washer in the latitude joint have really made a difference (it tensions up easier and with less rotation of the handle).  The base rotation is now prevented by 3 external contact set screws and is solid like a rock.  The mod consists of a sleave pressed over the original base and for security I used 3 setscrews along with the friction press fit over the base.

There is slight interference potential so I used bent screws, since they hang down when free and only require 1/4 turn to lock the base.

And, I am crazy enough to now try the 300 X2 with great care, but still no clear night and warm temp for that.

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: pedro on February 16, 2014, 05:48:02 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/12294734585_84170a3500_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/12294734585/)
Z96A9748b1Master Kopie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/12294734585/#) by Peter Hauri (http://www.flickr.com/people/guatitamasluz/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Alexiumz on February 16, 2014, 06:35:30 AM
An eight hour exposure at Ingleborough, Yorkshire, UK.

(http://i.imgur.com/2ghEFfn.jpg)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: yorgasor on February 16, 2014, 10:04:19 AM
I finally got to find some real dark skies down in Moab, UT.  It's almost frightening how dark it is when the moon goes down (especially when you're foolishly hiking without a flashlight):

This is the kind of light you get at moonset, my new favorite time!:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/12388522443_7abc55bbc7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388522443/)
Water, Snow and Stars (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388522443/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr

(https://s2.yimg.com/sk/3744/12388654263_a6cf60f4cc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388654263/)
Stars over Moab (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388654263/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/12388698363_c8d610e11b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388698363/)
Arches Entrance (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388698363/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr

The last of the moonlight, shining up in the clouds as it goes down:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/12388260075_04ece064c4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388260075/)
Stars at Moonset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388260075/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr

The moon fully down, waaaay dark.  Fortunately I was close to my car at this point.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7395/12388225385_58baee06bc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388225385/)
Delicate Arch Viewpoint (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/12388225385/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on February 16, 2014, 12:35:59 PM
Oh, I love the last posts, guys.  Any advice you're willing to give to someone who's yet to do anything like this.  I'll be out any day now but just in my yard where it's not particularly scenic, but it's not city.  What lenses and times, exposure etc., is always helpful.

I presume the Sky Tracker is not at all useful in doing the shots with landscape due to motion blur?

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: tron on February 16, 2014, 03:27:25 PM
I presume the Sky Tracker is not at all useful in doing the shots with landscape due to motion blur?
Jack
Exactly! But your 6D is capable of crazy ISO  :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Alexiumz on February 19, 2014, 12:32:57 PM
Oh, I love the last posts, guys.  Any advice you're willing to give to someone who's yet to do anything like this.  I'll be out any day now but just in my yard where it's not particularly scenic, but it's not city.  What lenses and times, exposure etc., is always helpful.

I presume the Sky Tracker is not at all useful in doing the shots with landscape due to motion blur?

Jack

My go-to exposure for dark skies is f/2.8, 30" and 1600 ISO. Start with that and see how it looks; you may need to lower the ISO with the given light pollution or lower the shutter speed if you start to see stars trailing (if that's not the intended effect!)

You won't need/can't really use a sky tracker when shooting a landscape (it's more for deep space photography) unless you superimpose the foreground/landscape from a separate exposure.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on February 19, 2014, 01:29:31 PM
Thanks Alexiumz!

Jack
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 11, 2014, 02:21:50 AM
Well it took a while but finally a reasonably clear sky.  I set up the iOptron sky tracker as best I could and took some shots with 300 X1.4.  ISO 640 F9  30 sec.  Being totally new to this I don't have a clue from any perspective.  I don't know my stars or anything! :(

Is there anything to be gleaned from this sample shot.  I have a timer/remote release on order so I'm guessing that pressing the shutter has affected the shot??  Any suggestions anyone? 

I know this little unit is not made for the 300 II but with a smooth gimble and care things were pretty stable.  A little tricky to get Polaris right but I'm guessing I did based on minimal trails, or is 30 sec too low to show that??

Jack
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Post by: wildlifeandmore on March 24, 2014, 03:19:05 PM
My first attempt at photographing the milky way.  Taken last June along Antelope Flats in GTNP.  Afraid I do not have a fast enough wide angle lens to really get some detail in the sky.  I do have the nifty fifty and might give it a try this summer.  Just have to walk backwards a bit.  Need more practice at this!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 17-40mm L
17mm
f/4
24 seconds
6400 iso
580ex flash dialed way down (can not remember) during exposure.

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Post by: Jack Douglas on March 24, 2014, 07:52:17 PM
wildlifeandmore, that ranks up there with what I'd love to try.  Very appealing!

If I could just figure out how to move the mountains 300 miles closer.

Jack
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Post by: Sanaraken on March 24, 2014, 08:44:32 PM
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: PTT on March 24, 2014, 09:51:50 PM
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)
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Post by: wildlifeandmore on March 26, 2014, 11:03:39 AM
wildlifeandmore, that ranks up there with what I'd love to try.  Very appealing!

If I could just figure out how to move the mountains 300 miles closer.

Jack
Thanks Jack.  Wish I could help with moving them for you.  Might be worth a drive someday?
Wondering if you of anyone else knows of a good lighting source for night photos to light up a relatively close foreground subject?  Flash seems too hot and gives an odd hue.  Need something to give an even spread of light for the frame.
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Post by: jdramirez on March 26, 2014, 11:26:00 AM
wildlifeandmore, that ranks up there with what I'd love to try.  Very appealing!

If I could just figure out how to move the mountains 300 miles closer.

Jack
Thanks Jack.  Wish I could help with moving them for you.  Might be worth a drive someday?
Wondering if you of anyone else knows of a good lighting source for night photos to light up a relatively close foreground subject?  Flash seems too hot and gives an odd hue.  Need something to give an even spread of light for the frame.

I've used my phone for close up foreground objects.  My one flashlight has a function where I can choose the lcd as a flash light and I can make the color red, green, blue, etc.  The lcd light doesn't reflect harshly and it adds a little subtle color/light to the foreground...

Flashlight by smalltech.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 26, 2014, 03:39:15 PM
My first attempt at photographing the milky way.  Taken last June along Antelope Flats in GTNP.  Afraid I do not have a fast enough wide angle lens to really get some detail in the sky.  I do have the nifty fifty and might give it a try this summer.  Just have to walk backwards a bit.  Need more practice at this!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 17-40mm L
17mm
f/4
24 seconds
6400 iso
580ex flash dialed way down (can not remember) during exposure.


Lovely shot.  8)  Well done.
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Post by: Sporgon on March 26, 2014, 04:42:40 PM
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)

Beautiful shot.
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Post by: Click on March 26, 2014, 04:46:00 PM
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)

Great light. It's beautiful.
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Post by: Mr Bean on March 26, 2014, 05:13:26 PM
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)
Wow, stunning pic.
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Post by: GaabNZ on March 26, 2014, 05:46:00 PM
Ohakune, New Zealand from September 5th 2013.

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Post by: Sanaraken on March 26, 2014, 08:03:20 PM
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Click on March 26, 2014, 08:15:58 PM
Ohakune, New Zealand from September 5th 2013.


Nicely done.
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Post by: Jack Douglas on March 26, 2014, 09:16:58 PM
All shots are very nice - thanks.  :)

I've wondered about using my LED macro ring light for forground.  It has variable output. Still to cold to be doing much outside!!

Jack
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Post by: ichetov on March 26, 2014, 10:24:17 PM
I should have corrected all that 14mm CA...
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Post by: bereninga on March 26, 2014, 11:09:03 PM
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)

Whoa, this one is really amazing!
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Post by: Varg on March 30, 2014, 07:28:42 PM
This one was taken on a full moon night with a 6D and a 24-105 at 24mm F4 30sec.

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/65416775/73986514fc5de573c12a51f6dfda46857e45c9a0/4.jpg)

Stars over Frey by Ezequiel Bengochea on 500px (http://500px.com/photo/65416775)

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Post by: traingineer on March 30, 2014, 10:41:14 PM
Some quick images I took in my garden  ° ͜   °
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Post by: Stewart K on March 31, 2014, 07:33:15 AM
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this idea, I would like to try this and capture some of the Dubai cityscape in the foreground, but I obviously don’t want to blow the image out, so would an upside down ND grad be enough to kill some of the foreground light and help with capturing the sky and stars, I am aware that there will be light pollution but I’m liking this idea…………unless someone on here can elaborate as to why this won’t work!!
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Post by: jdramirez on March 31, 2014, 08:03:35 AM
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this idea, I would like to try this and capture some of the Dubai cityscape in the foreground, but I obviously don’t want to blow the image out, so would an upside down ND grad be enough to kill some of the foreground light and help with capturing the sky and stars, I am aware that there will be light pollution but I’m liking this idea…………unless someone on here can elaborate as to why this won’t work!!

If that's the case... I'd consider multiple exposures and layers... but good luck.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: traingineer on March 31, 2014, 03:25:19 PM
There's quite a lot of light pollution in Dubai, so if you're thinking of taking some pictures of the sky, it's better to go outside the city, which only takes around an hour or more.  ;)

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this idea, I would like to try this and capture some of the Dubai cityscape in the foreground, but I obviously don’t want to blow the image out, so would an upside down ND grad be enough to kill some of the foreground light and help with capturing the sky and stars, I am aware that there will be light pollution but I’m liking this idea…………unless someone on here can elaborate as to why this won’t work!!
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: shutterskys on April 24, 2014, 05:14:33 AM
Few starscapes from around the place in NZ, hope ya all enjoy  :)
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Post by: Menace on April 24, 2014, 05:10:52 PM
Few starscapes from around the place in NZ, hope ya all enjoy  :)

Nice! Where abouts in NZ were these shot?
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Post by: shutterskys on April 24, 2014, 06:24:35 PM
Few starscapes from around the place in NZ, hope ya all enjoy  :)

Nice! Where abouts in NZ were these shot?

Thanks very much!
1: Whitby, Wellington
2,3: Horokiwi, Wellington
4: Albany, Auckland
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Post by: Menace on April 24, 2014, 07:00:43 PM
Few starscapes from around the place in NZ, hope ya all enjoy  :)

Nice! Where abouts in NZ were these shot?

Thanks very much!
1: Whitby, Wellington
2,3: Horokiwi, Wellington
4: Albany, Auckland

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: CarlTN on April 24, 2014, 07:11:21 PM
To all,

Here's my first and second attempt at star trails.  In my first attempt, I made the mistake of too short of an exposure.  It would generally be somewhat light polluted near Battle Mountain, but fog and low cloud had enveloped the lower terrain blocking out all the light pollution coming from the Columbia Basin.  My exposures should have been two minutes, but they were only 20 seconds.  :(  On my second attempt, I raised my exposure to one minute since it was the longest I could go without blowing out the illuminated fog below over Pendleton, Oregon.  I believe it's a better attempt than the first, but still room for improvement.  A couple of vehicles went by and down Emigrant Hill during a couple of the exposures.  I'm not quite sure if the illuminated foreground hurts or helps the image.  What are your thoughts?

Thanks for looking,

Wade

These are very nice, especially the one with the cars.  Which lens?
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Post by: CarlTN on April 24, 2014, 07:11:51 PM
6D on a 2000mm f/10 telescope with 2xTC.   Seas of Tranquility and Serenity, crater Plato and the nearby Alpine Valley, craters Archimedes and Eratosthenes, crater Copernicus at sunrise.  ISO320, 1/25. 

Larger view - macro extenders (total 65mm) added between 2xTC and camera body to increase the effective focal length.  ISO640, 1/80.

Taken evening of 8 February, first decent night in two weeks.

Great job!
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Post by: traingineer on April 24, 2014, 07:52:06 PM
The brightest object in the image is Jupiter.
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Post by: Chuck Alaimo on April 29, 2014, 12:54:19 PM
taken pretty close to buffalo ny, so there's a lot of light pollution.  surprised though that I got as many as I did!
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Post by: traingineer on May 04, 2014, 10:47:45 PM
First try at using Deep Sky Stacker.
(9 2sec/ISO 800/F2.8 Light frames)
(9 dark and 9 bias frames)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on July 25, 2014, 10:01:12 AM
From my backyard the other night. While I'm only an hour or so from Melbourne, the skies are generally fairly clear. I did tweak this in Photoshop by creating a subtraction mask, to reduce the orange glow from the City lights.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-1GeypKKNuiE/U9JiWAKPObI/AAAAAAAAAsY/aJR6r09sV3g/s912/378A7331_Night_sky_Night_sky.jpg)
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Post by: Click on July 25, 2014, 10:08:09 AM
Beautiful.  Well done Mr Bean
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Post by: KeithBreazeal on July 25, 2014, 10:35:02 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14292391700_3f9de39596_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nLYf7y)Milky Way at Shot Rock 21 June 2014 © Keith Breazeal (https://flic.kr/p/nLYf7y) by Keith Breazeal Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

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Post by: Lloyd on July 25, 2014, 12:32:28 PM
Here is one I took a while back with a 60D in the middle of night at Old Faithful.  It is likely a repost, but it brings back great memories of being all alone while Old Faithful went off.

(http://www.photowilderness.com/img/s6/v137/p869383521-5.jpg) (http://www.photowilderness.com/p1059601659/e33d1bd61)
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Post by: Mr Bean on July 25, 2014, 06:36:12 PM
Beautiful.  Well done Mr Bean
Thanks Click. I must admit, trying to remove light pollution from an image is a tricky thing. Working out what is "normal" colour takes a good eye and the ability to stand back and say "...nope, that's not right....do it again..."  :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Mr Bean on July 25, 2014, 06:39:20 PM
Nice pic's KeithBreazeal and Lloyd. Certainly a different view of Old Faithful :)
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Post by: LOALTD on August 08, 2014, 02:48:13 PM
From our camp on Mt Baker a couple months ago, I'm not that happy with the composition but it was very early in the morning and we wanted to start climbing so I didn't have much time!

Taken with the excellent Samyang 14mm f/2.8, best star lens for Canon cameras IMHO. (haven't tried the 16-35 f/4.0 IS for stars yet, still too bright up here in Alaska!)
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Post by: Click on August 08, 2014, 02:49:50 PM
From our camp on Mt Baker a couple months ago, I'm not that happy with the composition but it was very early in the morning and we wanted to start climbing so I didn't have much time!

Taken with the excellent Samyang 14mm f/2.8, best star lens for Canon cameras IMHO. (haven't tried the 16-35 f/4.0 IS for stars yet, still too bright up here in Alaska!)

Beautiful shot.  8)  Nicely done.
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Post by: climber on August 30, 2014, 01:09:40 PM
Milky Way
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Post by: Click on August 30, 2014, 01:12:20 PM
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.
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Post by: Mort on August 30, 2014, 02:07:11 PM
Shot this one on my 6D and Rokinon 14mm. Single shot with a flash (and yellow gel).
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on August 30, 2014, 02:08:17 PM
Great shot Mort. Nicely done.
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Post by: PicaPica on August 30, 2014, 03:21:59 PM
exif data please.

i am starting with this star photography stuff and i would like to see the settings you guys use.
unfortunately many images come without the exif infos.
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Post by: spandau on August 30, 2014, 03:43:44 PM
Took this photo out of my bedroom window from a townhouse located in the middle of town illuminated by nearby streetlights. 

Canon 70D, Canon 35MM f1.4L, 21 seconds at 1600 ISO.
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Post by: Click on August 30, 2014, 03:52:35 PM
Nice shot spandau.
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Post by: climber on August 30, 2014, 06:13:41 PM
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.

Thanks.

Here is another one from the same spot.
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Post by: Don Haines on August 30, 2014, 06:19:35 PM
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.

Thanks.

Here is another one from the same spot.
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: LOALTD on September 22, 2014, 01:46:27 PM
Northern Lights from Hope, AK last night!
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Post by: applecider on September 22, 2014, 02:59:34 PM
Milky way view looking south over Nantucket Sound sept 17th isn.

Needless to say the skies were not truly dark.  Shot with an sl1 and canon 35mm f2.0 IS shot at f2 and 6 seconds.

I wanted the look of dark sky with sharp pointy stars that others in this thread have achieved, so suggestions welcomed.  Shown pp'ed two different ways.  There was a bit of water effect fog over the ocean, making the terminator a little dark.

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Post by: charlesbanke on September 22, 2014, 03:46:49 PM
Milkyway just outside Bryce Canyon

(http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/photos/i-QWMf3sQ/1/S/i-QWMf3sQ-S.jpg) (http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/Landscapes/i-QWMf3sQ/A)

Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm @2.8 ISO12,800 30sec
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Post by: Pakneh on October 11, 2014, 01:36:44 PM
Sagamok, Ontario
During a solar flare in September. Unawares at the time I thought the Aurora was light pollution from the nearby town of Massey. Composed from 86 photos over the span of 40 minutes, assembled in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on October 11, 2014, 02:44:19 PM
Northern Lights from Hope, AK last night!

Great shot. I really like this one.
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Post by: Mr Bean on October 11, 2014, 04:51:58 PM
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.

Thanks.

Here is another one from the same spot.
Wow, very nice climber. What gear/settings did you use?
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Post by: Mr Bean on October 11, 2014, 04:54:13 PM
Northern Lights from Hope, AK last night!
Very nice LOALTD.
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Post by: climber on October 12, 2014, 07:30:21 AM
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.

Thanks.

Here is another one from the same spot.
Wow, very nice climber. What gear/settings did you use?

Thanks.

It is panorama stitched out of 6-7 vertical shots (don't remember).

Gear and settings: 5D Mk3, 24-70 at 24 mm each shot, f/2.8, 25s, ISO 8000
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: DKN on October 13, 2014, 08:03:33 AM
A shot of the milky way in greece. I decided to shoot it vertically in order to preserve the beautiful milky way and all the surrounding stars all along it. Moreover the dimly lit road in the bottom part frames the stars.

Minimal processing in photoshop, just a bit of sharpness and WB. You can see it also here (https://500px.com/photo/86269779).
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Post by: 87vr6 on October 14, 2014, 06:32:07 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/15533787535_bbcdf88dbe_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pEEHR2)5D3_6006 (https://flic.kr/p/pEEHR2) by volksron (https://www.flickr.com/people/41962318@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/14913599513_8cc4ae94e8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oHS6y6)5D3_6016 (2) (https://flic.kr/p/oHS6y6) by volksron (https://www.flickr.com/people/41962318@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: DKN on October 14, 2014, 09:48:21 AM
Another shot of a milky way in Greece. In this one I used two people in order to convey the perspective and give the observer a human sized reference. Right at the bottom of the image, far away it's possible to see the island of Paxos.
EXIF and more here: https://500px.com/photo/86381229
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Post by: lvanzijl on November 13, 2014, 09:05:46 AM
(https://gp1.wac.edgecastcdn.net/806614/photos/photos.500px.net/89610491/1293117e1f937586ca6d8239e2a8ded807e63e57/5.jpg)

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 @ 20s/2.8/iso800

First attempt of shooting stars, had no clue what I shot until I came home 2 weeks later.
Hate that I can't blow it up and print because of the stars that seem to be out of focus :(.

Any tips for a next time? :)
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Post by: niteclicks on November 13, 2014, 10:08:58 AM
First, nice shot. I think what you have is camera shake. extra weight on the tripod and/or using the 10 sec timer and mirror lockup will help. You can test your tripod with a telephoto on the moon or bright star live view @ 10x a light tap and see how long it takes to settle , I find 2 sec not quite enough, but I have a med weight tripod.
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Post by: lvanzijl on November 13, 2014, 10:55:36 AM
First, nice shot. I think what you have is camera shake. extra weight on the tripod and/or using the 10 sec timer and mirror lockup will help. You can test your tripod with a telephoto on the moon or bright star live view @ 10x a light tap and see how long it takes to settle , I find 2 sec not quite enough, but I have a med weight tripod.

Hmm sounds possible, I was using 2s timer, no lockup. Thanks for the tips!
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Post by: spandau on November 13, 2014, 11:17:49 AM
Taken out of my bedroom window in town.  Tree is lit by sodium vapor streetlights.
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Post by: FEBS on November 13, 2014, 11:31:42 AM
Here's one I did last night.  I loved the reflections of the stars in the still pond.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/11838041674_53da7689f7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/)
Stars and mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98400159@N08/11838041674/#) by yorgasor (http://www.flickr.com/people/98400159@N08/), on Flickr

woow,
very nice picture Yorgasor
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Post by: FEBS on November 13, 2014, 11:41:47 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/12294734585_84170a3500_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/12294734585/)
Z96A9748b1Master Kopie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guatitamasluz/12294734585/#) by Peter Hauri (http://www.flickr.com/people/guatitamasluz/), on Flickr

Pedro,

Stunning picture man!!!
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Post by: Pakneh on December 28, 2014, 02:04:43 PM
I am hoping for some CC regarding this image, specifics wise, I shot it with a 6d, Sigma 35MM art, 1000 iso at 10sec, composition of about 60 photos. Used Lightroom, just determining if I went overboard or any advice in how to compose images where star trails and auroras mingle. When I was shooting these photos, the Aurora was not visible at all and only appeared in the camera after.
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Post by: Click on December 28, 2014, 02:07:15 PM
Great shot Pakneh. Well done.
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Post by: climber on March 08, 2015, 02:52:08 PM
Same stars, but different location.
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Post by: Click on March 08, 2015, 03:25:21 PM
Same stars, but different location.

I really like this shot climber. Nicely done.
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Post by: climber on March 08, 2015, 03:42:29 PM
Same stars, but different location.

I really like this shot climber. Nicely done.

Thanks, Click.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sunnystate on March 08, 2015, 05:39:07 PM
Some of those shots are so beautiful and clever, it is just wonderful that more and more people appreciate the beauty of dark skies! Soon Milky Way will become common natural back ground for night photography.
We all should do our part in making this possible from every back yard! 

http://www.darksky.org/

Thank you :)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: 20Dave on March 08, 2015, 05:40:13 PM
Here was one of my early attempts after getting a tracking mount. There are hundreds if not thousands of better images online, but I'm just showing what a beginner can do with the right equipment. It is the "North American Nebula" (you can see the outline of what looks like the Gulf of Mexico in the middle).  It is a stack of about a dozen 5-minute exposures using a 20D and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens at ~200mm. It was taken in a moderate-to-heavy light pollution area in central Massachusetts.
(http://)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sunnystate on March 08, 2015, 08:10:44 PM
Great shot, it may need a bit of color adjustments. I am also experimenting on very humble scale with astrophotography. Do you mind to tell what kind of tracking mount do you use, 5min it is considered pretty long exposure at 200mm, and all seems to be pinpoint sharp, also looks like you have used pretty small aperture considering the star shapes what ISO if you don't mind to share?
Thanks,
Z.

Here was one of my early attempts after getting a tracking mount. There are hundreds if not thousands of better images online, but I'm just showing what a beginner can do with the right equipment. It is the "North American Nebula" (you can see the outline of what looks like the Gulf of Mexico in the middle).  It is a stack of about a dozen 5-minute exposures using a 20D and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens at ~200mm. It was taken in a moderate-to-heavy light pollution area in central Massachusetts.
(http://)
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: 20Dave on March 09, 2015, 01:58:36 PM
Great shot, it may need a bit of color adjustments. I am also experimenting on very humble scale with astrophotography. Do you mind to tell what kind of tracking mount do you use, 5min it is considered pretty long exposure at 200mm, and all seems to be pinpoint sharp, also looks like you have used pretty small aperture considering the star shapes what ISO if you don't mind to share?
Thanks,
Z.

Thanks for the feedback on the photo - I agree that the color is too red, I just never got around to fixing it .It's not a great photo, I was just excited at the time to be able to make out some structure :-)

So, the mount that I used is a case of extreme overkill for 200mm. The mount is an MI-250 from a company that no longer exists. It was the entry level of the high end mounts, if that makes any sense. I bought the mount to be able to image at around 2000mm (which requires a high end mount), so I splurged on the mount but started on my learning curve with a manageable focal length.

You could get similar performance at 200mm from a mount which costs probably about 1/10 of what my mount cost. This photo was autoguided. Basically, I had a small refractor as a guidescope with a cheap CCD camera (I have a used Meade DSI-2), and I piggybacked the 20D on top of that. I only did a very simple polar alignment of the setup (literally, I eyeballed it, no polar scope or drift aligning). At 200mm with autoguiding, it wasn't critical for me to spend the time to do a very accurate polar alignment.

As for the ISO, I'll have to check when I get back to the PC where the original data is stored. Given that it was a 20D, my guess was 800-1600 ISO, but that's just a guess.

Dave
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Sunnystate on March 09, 2015, 11:23:00 PM
Thank you for the info, I was kind of hopping that you have tackled the art of taking  5min exposures @200mm without spending serious $$$ for tracking mounts and autoguides :) The photo maybe is not attractive in usual standards because you did not processed enough, but than again if you look at many of the astro photographs usually they are seriously overcooked to get the  "stunning" look, which I love myself. When it comes to sharpness and seems like complete lack of trailing in your picture there is nothing to complain about.

Great shot, it may need a bit of color adjustments. I am also experimenting on very humble scale with astrophotography. Do you mind to tell what kind of tracking mount do you use, 5min it is considered pretty long exposure at 200mm, and all seems to be pinpoint sharp, also looks like you have used pretty small aperture considering the star shapes what ISO if you don't mind to share?
Thanks,
Z.

Thanks for the feedback on the photo - I agree that the color is too red, I just never got around to fixing it .It's not a great photo, I was just excited at the time to be able to make out some structure :-)

So, the mount that I used is a case of extreme overkill for 200mm. The mount is an MI-250 from a company that no longer exists. It was the entry level of the high end mounts, if that makes any sense. I bought the mount to be able to image at around 2000mm (which requires a high end mount), so I splurged on the mount but started on my learning curve with a manageable focal length.

You could get similar performance at 200mm from a mount which costs probably about 1/10 of what my mount cost. This photo was autoguided. Basically, I had a small refractor as a guidescope with a cheap CCD camera (I have a used Meade DSI-2), and I piggybacked the 20D on top of that. I only did a very simple polar alignment of the setup (literally, I eyeballed it, no polar scope or drift aligning). At 200mm with autoguiding, it wasn't critical for me to spend the time to do a very accurate polar alignment.

As for the ISO, I'll have to check when I get back to the PC where the original data is stored. Given that it was a 20D, my guess was 800-1600 ISO, but that's just a guess.

Dave
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Schmave on March 13, 2015, 01:37:37 PM
Here are some star trails I got from a timelapse I shot in the Anza Borrego Desert recently:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/16180661894_92be8ca6fe_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qDQ84d)
Anza Borrego Startrails 2 (https://flic.kr/p/qDQ84d) by Justin Kane (https://www.flickr.com/people/7980350@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 13, 2015, 03:46:22 PM
Here are some star trails I got from a timelapse I shot in the Anza Borrego Desert recently:


Cool shot. Nicely done Schmave.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: KeithBreazeal on March 14, 2015, 12:31:22 AM
California Sierra Nevada Mountains
5D III  14mm Rokinon

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14292391700_9bf12340cf_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nLYf7y)Milky Way at Shot Rock 21 June 2014 © Keith Breazeal (https://flic.kr/p/nLYf7y) by Keith Breazeal Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people/50428479@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 14, 2015, 07:54:16 AM
California Sierra Nevada Mountains
5D III  14mm Rokinon


Beautiful.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: LOALTD on March 17, 2015, 05:03:54 PM
Same stars, but different location.


Love it!  Where is this?
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: LOALTD on March 17, 2015, 05:06:12 PM
Self-portrait under the Northern Lights Saturday night from Talkeetna, Alaska.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 17, 2015, 06:23:46 PM
Self-portrait under the Northern Lights Saturday night from Talkeetna, Alaska.



Very nice shot. Well done.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: RGF on March 21, 2015, 07:21:59 AM
Great shot  Our local sky has a strong reddish glow from the city lights
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jeevz on March 25, 2015, 04:54:50 PM
Great shot  Our local sky has a strong reddish glow from the city lights

Not my local sky, but the strong glow from the nearby (small city) worked well here I think! :)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7654/16742770230_d97c892463_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rvv5hf)Countryside... City Glow (https://flic.kr/p/rvv5hf) by Sanjeev Deo (https://www.flickr.com/people/120312846@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 25, 2015, 06:10:58 PM
Awesome. Well done Jeevz.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jeevz on March 26, 2015, 04:17:03 PM
Thanks Click!

Here is another from that morning:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7590/16316344154_f6a3bd4b13_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qRPwEw)City vs Sky (https://flic.kr/p/qRPwEw) by Sanjeev Deo (https://www.flickr.com/people/120312846@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Click on March 26, 2015, 08:40:29 PM
Beautiful. Lovely light.  Nicely done Jeevz.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: rpt on March 26, 2015, 10:33:15 PM
Beautiful. Lovely light.  Nicely done Jeevz.
+1

Really nice! Where did you shoot these?
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: Jeevz on March 27, 2015, 11:04:47 AM
Thanks!
Was from Lac de la Dathee, in Lower Normandy, France.

I got so many varied shots on this morning; after the clouds obscured the MW there were the other lake reflections.  Then the mist started rising off the lake... then the sun started shining through the mist...

It's a beautiful place.
Title: Re: Stars above.
Post by: rpt on March 27, 2015, 03:11:58 PM
Thanks!
Was from Lac de la Dathee, in Lower Normandy, France.

I got so many varied shots on this morning; after the clouds obscured the MW there were the other lake reflections.  Then the mist started rising off the lake... then the sun started shining through the mist...

It's a beautiful place.
Yes, it does seem like a lovely place.