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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.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« 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)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« 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.



Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« 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.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:21:01 PM »
Not sure if this really qualified as a 'landscape'. Can you shoot landscapes at f1.8 ? Perhaps if there is a lot of mist about.

85mm f1.8 @1.8

or an artist. Very nice.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another storage thread
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:14:30 PM »
I have seen somewhere someone that used one of those shoe organizers that hang on the back of a door. It looked like a pretty neat idea.

Did you try to remap the hot / stuck pixels?

Yes I did. What really stinks is the first one I had that was stolen only had maybe ten now I have 50+ and that's at iso 400 and 10 sec.

I actually out of curiosity ran a few tests on this last week after realizing my 5DIII had way more hot pixels than I cared to deal with. I was using iso 4000 temperature was about 85 deg. and 30sec exposures. I did not see a real difference, some ,but most of the hot pixels were still there , I did not try the more aggressive settings. I tried just taking darks with in camera noise turned on and again there was a dimming of the hot pixels but still very much visible, so I am not sure how effective it is anyway.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ioptron Skytracker Camera Mount
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:05:27 AM »
I don't have one, but unless you need to be ultra portable I think there are better options depending on what you are after. The main problem I saw when I looked at it (and similar) was the weight capacity of 7 lbs. and the need for a pretty heavy tripod for rigidity. Entry level telescope mounts with clock drive and tripod can be had for the same price new and cheap used , usually about double the weight handling and are the same basic setup, but I would think much easier to setup. Checkout the Losmandy Starlapse it has a 30 lb load capacity although it is twice the price and again would need a heavy tripod.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Mystery Bird
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:43:32 PM »
thanks Gaf. I wish I had grabbed the reg. tripod rather than the mono. the 300 2.8 + 2x was almost to much but I'am getting used to it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:01:13 PM »
+1 on the vello. perfect fit on mine and mine is on the camera over 50 % of the time. Love the 200, good buy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Mystery Bird
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:14:10 AM »
Thank you. None of the lookup sites showed the crown or tuff on a Green Heron, but now googleing a Green Heron brings up pictures with the crown (or is it tuff ?). So I think they may have some wrong pictures linked. Always cool to see something new ( to me ). :)

Animal Kingdom / Mystery Bird
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:52:20 AM »
could someone help with an ID of the bird above the Heron? I'm thinking Kingfisher, but the reddish color doesn't match from what I can tell. I know its not a very could pic , I was following the Heron, he jumped, I snapped,  when the other bird flew up from behind him.

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