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#1 rospondek

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 05:06 PM

I'm on my mission to get a shot of Milky Way above Krakow in Poland.

 

My first tries with D5200, well let's say, wasn't satisfying. But after getting D500, things started to look pretty cuddly ;)

 

First attempt without even trying to mess with the settings.

 

Original photo looked like that - View to the ESE.

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One big milkyish way to see something somewhere... OK, it is almost overexposed, and that's very good!

And after a few tweaks in LR:

 

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Magic happens :D

There is a feint Milky Way on the right side of the photo to the center.

Left up is the satellite SERT 2 flying from the constellation Aquila up to the Sagitta.

 

If anyone was interested with the specs:

Nikon D500

18-105mm at 18mm f/3.5

Exposure 15s

ISO 6400

 

I could try to boost up ISO leaving 15s exp cause the histogram left me some space to move.

Unfortunately 15s is the maximum what I can do from the city center.

 

And two more shots just for fun. The same settings and this time without originals.

N - top is the axis of the Milky Way that's why there are so many stars.

And the bottom left near three stars of the Andromeda constellation of course Andromeda Galaxy.

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S - right brightest dot is Mars

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So what can I say? Even in the really bright city, with the very good camera you can get pretty awesome photos :)

 

Thanks for watching :)



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 05:34 PM

You will never get a good one of the star cluster from a city or even anywhere close :(



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 05:39 PM

Of course I know that but I'm still shocked that I could make above shots. With naked eye I could see up to 10 stars. So for now I'm happy with what I see here :)


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Posted 10 June 2016 - 06:30 PM

If you are so into shooting the milky way from the city, get a LPF ( Light Pollution Filter ) for your lens.
It's not as good as going to a region with nice dark skies, but it will certainly make the very faint milky way more prominent and less faint.



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 02:31 AM

Actually I'm looking for this filter for a while but couldn't find anything for the DSLR lens actually. I can see a lot of telescope 2'' filters. I've seen a few 50mm which costs a little fortune (almost or over 500$) that wasn't in stock or delivered to Poland. So it looks like I won't get them.

 

I know I won't ever get anything clear in this particular spot but actually I want to get the most out of this situation just to show anyone else if they can get anything and maybe how to get it :)

Biggest part of the photography is fun, isn't it? And this is pure fun for me :D



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 03:40 AM

The most common DSLR compatible filters of this kind are rear-end lens filters ( they are attached on the rear (inner) glass element of the lens ).
Lookup for Lumicon.
But you'll have to ebay them, they aren't commonly available in some countries like yours and mine.

 

You can also try your luck on Polish astronomy forums and some astronomy shops ;)

 

And yes, as you saw, they don't come cheap haha.



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