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#1 rospondek

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 02:57 PM

As I was wining in another thread the Perseid night was pretty disappointing. So I thought I'll make a photo of Pleiades, cause it was the first time since I've got new gear when they were over the horizon.

Location southern Poland so they're now visible around 2AM. Pretty crazy hours especially in the middle of the week.

 

Anyway first try without guiding, near horizon which in my case is bright as he...avens city so was pretty hard to catch any details besides the stars itself.

 

Wide:

Stack of 7 photos with exposition time of 5s each, ISO 800 and f/2.

Lens used AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4.

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Zoom:

Stack of 21 photos with exposition time of 1.3s each, ISO 800 and f/2.8.

Lens used AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II at 200mm.

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Both with Nikon D500.

 

Stacking in DeepSkyStacker.

Postprocessing in Photoshop.

Little color adjustments from filter HLVG.

Star spikes from filter StarSpikes Pro 4.

 

Additional info thanks to the fantastic site http://nova.astrometry.net/. Who doesn't know it yet and is into astrophotography just HAVE TO test it.



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 08:03 AM

Inspiring !



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 10:15 AM

Thanks :)

 

In the next couple of months this cluster will be higher in the sky in more humanlike hours (10-11PM) so I'll have better chance for longer exposures on even darker sky.

I'm also waiting for my favorite constellation Orion (with it's great nebula, three belt stars and enormous yellow Betelgeuse) to rise over the horizon. Again around November in my place.

 

And the good news is I'm waiting for the astrotrac and have a chance for weekends outside the city soooo it should be fun :D

 

Definitely will post the best shots here. I guess I'll start an Astrotrac astrophotography thread for everybody to see if this equipment is worth anything :) Still from the amateur point of view so no comments 'with telescope and EQ5+auto guide this would be a lot better' allowed cause we all know it's not the case ;)



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:41 PM

That's really cool, I didn't realize you could get such nice shots with just a 50mm lens! What program did you use to label all the stars?



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 02:09 PM

I think you can have nice photo of night sky with every focal length. The most important is what you want to include. It's obvious that for full Milky Way you will need the widest possible lens, unless you want to show the center of it, then 35mm will be good enough. When showing area surrounding some single object 50mm will be enough but the object has to be big enough to be seen. And biggest zooms of course for the greatest details of deep sky objects or the most beautiful clusters.

 

Labeling the stars of course done the simplest way possible. Photoshop with the invaluable aid of mentioned site nova.astrometry.net :)

 

Original photos just to compare.

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Exposition times were set to maximum these lenses could use without getting the trailing.



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 02:53 PM

Thanks Rospondek.

Yes, Orion and his constant companion, the Dog Star have been a big part of my life, as have been all the winter constellations.

When life took me to the southern hemisphere years ago they were some of the things I missed ! :)



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 03:04 PM

You can't be sirius! ;)

 

I understand you miss some things but you had Lovejoy (I guess) which I'm so jealous you can't even imagine...

2011

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And 2014 with Pleiades...

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I don't think I'll see such a big comet in the sky in my life.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 04:52 AM

:)

I've been back from the "upside down world" for quite a few years.



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 05:00 AM

Oh, so you're back. I thought that it was one way ticket :)

 

Damn, I need to read the info below avatars more often :D



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 11:08 AM

;)



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:12 PM

I notice the 7 Sisters in your meteor shot.  One of our cats is named "Maia", the other, Orion.  Are you sensing a pattern? :D Nice work, by the way!

 

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:22 PM

David that wasn't my photos but indeed it was posted on purpose just because of the Pleiades.

 

Let me guess, Maia is the fruit of the lovable relationship of Atlas and Pleia? :D

And remember - The galaxy is on Orion's belt!






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