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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:02:54 AM »
We had our ONE clear night, first in 3 weeks......and I had to go to NOLA that night.  4/5 days until the next possible night.  New field flattener hasn't seen a single photon.

Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:46:24 PM »
The glass may be squeaky clean, but it's not optical glass and is likely not very flat on either surface.  If a MF shot doesn't look good either, then that's your issue.  Using telephoto magnifies the problem. 

And yes, Puerto Rico is one of our infamous welfare states.
Someday you should visit the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Bring your camera and enjoy the natural beauty of the "infamous welfare state."  Welfare caseload per capita in Puerto Rico is lower than in 34 other states/territories and the District of Columbia.

Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:36:45 PM »
No  matter what else you get, be sure to get the 50/1.8.  Dirt cheap and optically excellent.  If it falls to the ground on a cold night while you're shooting astro because you foolishly placed it on the bumper and forgot........get another one.  ;D

I just don't understand the value put on this photo.  'Bella Luna' is hideous. But he does good work in general.  I could see it fetching 100's, maybe 1000's at most.  I guess it's all about marketing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Sensor Technology
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:19:51 AM »
what I could get out of it from the link provided filtering the japanese signs through babylon translater:

I think I sprained my brain reading that............l :D

Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:22:58 AM »
Wait... wait - one of the first carousels in the USA is here and a church from the days of the whaling industry is still being used. I guess I will have to take some picts. I'll have to start a new forum - Semi-famous little town landmarks.
......I keyed in on the carousel and whaling industry...are you near Westerly?  I grew up there. 

.........three pages on this 'new sensor design' topic and not ONCE has anyone mentioned DR???  Y'all are slipping......
(oops, I see it was mentioned whilst I was typing)

I partially agree with OP's sentiments.  My old Vista 32 laptop runs software my Win8.1 machine won't, some of which is important to me for astrophotography.  When the left hinge pinched the video cable (common HP problem), I bought the Win8.1 laptop, then took my time and replaced the video cable in the Vista laptop, installed a SSD and made it a dual boot Ubuntu/Vista.  It's now the laptop I take to the field for astro sessions.  Ubuntu and Wine run *most* of what I want, but when needed I can boot into Vista for those programs that refuse to run properly with Wine.  There may be a remedy but it's beyond my abilities.  As a bonus, Ubuntu boots (and shuts down) faster than I can fart, and that's pretty darn quick.  Great for when I just want to check email or peruse the latest DR argument on CR.  Personally, I consider $10/month for always having the latest version of Photoshop a fair price, and Adobe has stated that Lightroom will always be available as a standalone version.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:30:17 AM »
One advantage my old G2 has over my DSLRs is high speed sync without having to use an expensive HSS capable flash.  Maybe this CR1 camera would have this capability. 

Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:56:48 PM »
In my sister-in-law's garden

Dear "J,"
 It is not you...it's him.

This is known as 'truncating a quote'.  Makes it easier to read through replies.  Particularly when the replies include photos (unlike this one).  Great response, unfocused link

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:10:32 PM »
Baars Bridge between Pensacola and Perdido Key

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:43:03 PM »
M109 in Ursa Major, most distant of the Messier objects.

First try with PixInsight, I've been using Deep Sky Stacker & PhotoShop for years, but a trial download of PixInsight converted me pretty quick.  I recently revamped my old imaging laptop (Vista) with a SSD and a new video cable for the display and installed AstroTortilla on it.  Confirmed AT works fine with some archived images....but don't you know we have a week of rain coming at us.  I'd rather subject that laptop to the elements than my i7 Win8.1, which is now my image processing platform so my son can have his desktop back.  I like my Newt and SCT's, but the only 'refractor' I'd be interested in is that 600/4L.  APO's are nice, but you can't shoot BIF's with one.....

I'm a CC user (PS and Lightroom) and I'm very happy with the arrangement. Not everyone is a hater...

Yup.  I can't complain either.  I still have CS2 and the even older PS6 and PS7.  It was the price that kept me from upgrading, with CC that's not an issue......even if it does eventually go to 20/month.

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