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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:26:00 PM »
try updating it thru the EOS utility. That way you can bypass the card.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:15:40 PM »
It was raining and he looked tired

This is the best I have so far. I built a rail but this one was done with DSLR Controller. Still has a few artifacts but I  think some more playing with both processing and shooting parameters I'll get there eventually.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:22:06 AM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6

Now that's one I would like to have on my wall.

Photography Technique / Re: Help: lightning photography?
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:19:02 AM »
I use a detector. I tried several and this one works best . Mine is one of their prototypes, but I assume the new ones work as well. Really makes it simple, set the camera up where it is protected, then get somewhere where you are safe. Nothing bets a good lightning storm.  :)

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:07:09 PM »
 Thanks traingineer,
           I have alot of projects planed for this combo ( 5DIII and 300) , My favoite night sky is now though January.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: July 16, 2014, 05:48:38 PM »
Thanks Click, I really enjoyed getting out to take this.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:20:54 PM »
 Thanks Jrista for starting this thread it made finally get started setting my stuff back up. I haven't set my mount up in 4 years, moved and a permanent setup has always been on the to do list (but at the bottom). The long 4th weekend gave me time to unpack and setup temporally to tryout were I might want a permanent mounting. This is a wide field (about 75% crop) of the area around the Trfid and Lagoon nebulae. This is about the southern edge of my usable sky were I have it now. 84 frames at 800 iso, 30sec , 300 2.8l is , 5DIII, on an Atlus EQ-G processed with Images Plus. Alignment needs work but it has mostly been cloudy since.

Landscape / Re: jrista et al, Why Astrophotography?
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:58:44 PM »
  Boy am I feeling old.. Astrophotography was the first thing that interested me.  I bought an OM-1, had a 12.5" reflector made, and bought a Bill Schaefer mount. Used to cook my film myself.

  I am so behind times, it is amazing how technology has taken over. I got into computers when analog to digital was coming into play. Writing software for machines.

  I still have all my old equipment. Is there a way to computerize the old Schaefer mount. It has an old drive corrector that works. But, it is ancient.
  Been thinking about having the mirror re-coated on the reflector, and playing around with it some.


 Scott Rosen might be able to help you with your mount. His site says he has put steppers on his Schaefer.

If your willing to do a little surgery, you could wire the push button circuit to a sync cord and trigger the remote camera that way.   

If you know someone that sews, some nylon and poly fill dividers would be cheap and quick.

Abstract / What do you see?
« on: May 22, 2014, 01:40:24 PM »
I have my ideas, but I'll let you go first.

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a focusing rail
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:09:41 PM »
If your handy, I built one with some pieces from Inventables and a camera axe. I have tested it to 8 lb vertical and it would do more. I have not had time to take anything other than test shots but I think it is going to work fine, just need to pretty it up some. It all runs on AA.

 pics here

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for macro?
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:28:57 PM »
I was actually playing around with this last night. I would love to have the 100 L but the 70-300L price right now makes it look better (not that I really need it either but would like to combine my primes for travel)  . I am going to use the 2x III extender with a 12mm tube and 50mm 1.4 for now, the 12mm tube just lets the two mate and I had better separation than the 50 with tubes only.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« 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 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.

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