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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:21:13 AM »
If you do any night time or just wonder what that star is, Stellarium is free and works great.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:12:12 AM »

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« 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.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:58:00 AM »
I think this one definitely looks better than the last version, more detailed/colorful, and the faint outer IFN detail has better contrast.

As much as I liked the last one, you did get even more out of this one. The wider fields is exactly why I bought the 5DIII. I was hoping this new moon would be good weather, but doesn't look like it. Last time out I had a terrible time with tracking and could only get about two minutes without trailing, found the polar scope badly out of alignment so fixed that . Here is Andromeda from that night, it needed a lot more exposure .

You might look at Images Plus It does a lot of stuff with raw files inculding pixel math and binning.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:40:11 AM »
[quote ]Great photo! Nice colors - great inspiration for a painter

Thank you. My Wife and Daughter are actually taking painting lessons ( dont ask how thats going). ::)

Landscape / Re: Moon photos
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:45:50 AM »
That's what we usually get anytime there is something interesting. Had lightning to my back and about 30 min before totally clouded here.

Landscape / Re: Moon photos
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:21:40 AM »
Anyone else get up early? I couldn't get anything very clear here, had to shoot though a veil of thin clouds.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:47:58 AM »
another one from the other evening. A duck joined me for this one.

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:34:38 PM »
The first autumn gale undressed all the trees and gave my next door river a colorful riverbed.

Beautiful. Can't wait until Summer finally gives up here.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:08:44 AM »
no wind last night, so I went for reflections.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:17:43 AM »
Jrista,One of the best I have seen of this area (you should submit it for the astronomy picture of the day). There is so much more blue in this area compared to the rest of the sky I could see how the cls might interfere with the fainter stuff. I use an IDAS and will have to try without it (if I ever get a clear night). Weixing, just set a custom white balance with the filter in place during the daytime, you can also use this time to take your flats , if you use them. 

Abstract / Re: What do you see?
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:21:26 PM »
what I was actually doing here was trying to maximize the height of the spout and increase the colliding drop size. I went to far and got more of a dribble for the second drop. I used a homemade piezo sensor to detect the first drop hitting the tank then varied the time till flash from there, I think these were like 200 milli second after first contact. The Camera axe makes this fairly easy and the piezo sensor makes it very repeatable. There is a lot of information on the Camera Axe forums.  Oh and I was seeing about the same things as everyone else.

Abstract / Re: What do you see?
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:52:09 AM »
I did not take any pictures of the setup. I use a Camera Axe  it is an an Arduino based camera trigger with lots of options including a water valve. In these shots I used a piece of black lexan for the backdrop a blue and red gelled flash on opposite sides and a flash off camera. These were actually quite accidental, but that makes water drop shooting fun, no two are exactly alike. I don't use a completely dark room but dark enough for 2-3 second exposures, the flashes freeze everything ( use manual lowest setting ). 

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:09:27 PM »
I have used the 2xmkiii with the v1 . I am trying to learn BIF so this is not a good example probably, but its all I have available on this computer. Remember in some else's hands I think it would be much better. But maybe it will help.
handheld 2x mk3

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