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Lets see your stars and night sky

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@@penolva

 

Beautiful night sky!

BTW love your ST avatar

Thanks, those cubs were soooooo cute if you ignored the blood :rolleyes:

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The Pleiades from the deck tonight. I was going to drive up to the nearby granite rock and try and get distant lightning flickering. A task for one of the next nights as this clear dry weather must break soon.

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Wow! Some brilliant photography here. Thanks everyone!

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Another one from last night:

 

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Can anyone get a good shot of the Southern Cross with the pointers?

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Matt, I think tht might take some specialized equipment. A lens long enough to show up just one constellation will require either a relatively short exposure, resulting is very high iSO's, or a system to track the constellation.

 

I know such things exist, but have not seen any evidence that anybody here has such a thing.

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Matt, I tried last night... no way really. I think Peter is correct. But anyway it was a spectacular couple of hours on top of a big granite hill with a moon rise.

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The problem is that the cross just disappears into the rest of the thousands of stars... It is in this photo, but anyone's guess which stars it is:

Apparently there is a 'rule of 600' (thanks google and then I later saw Peter had mentioned it already!)) whereby 600 divided by your focal length gives you a rough shutter speed. So a 2sec exposure for say a 300mm is not really going to work I suppose. Already I was getting way too much noise as I was using a wide angle zoom (8-16mm) which does not have a very wide aperture. I was at F5, 30 sec exposures and 11mm focal length. ISO was a very noisy 4000

 

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Fantastic shots everyone :)

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@@Game Warden

Matt, I looked through a bunch from last night again, I had tried to shine my torch on the approximate location of the Southern Cross. Stupidly I had left the green laser star pointer at home (local friendly hunting concessionaire had invited me for dinner so I had a few under the belt when I decided to stop off at the rock!), that would have been so much better. Anyway looking at the picture again I sort of think I can make out the cross... It's an epic fail and I could be totally wrong - I am sure the astrophotogs would be dismayed, but the thought counts I reckon! :D

Cloudy tonight!

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Yes, I think those are the two pointers below right of the red highlight circle in your torch beam? Alpha and Beta Centauri.

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Yes, I think those are the two pointers below right of the red highlight circle in your torch beam? Alpha and Beta Centauri.

 

Matt, I believe they are.

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Tonight.

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Another one:

 

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Let's have tech specs and settings...

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Tech specs;

 

EOS 1D MK IV with Sigma 8-16 f4.5 - f5.6.

These pictures were:

10mm focal length

ISO 800

F6.3 for a 30 second exposure

On a tripod obviously!

A bit of torch light on the foreground

A Poncho over me and the gear

 

A bit of random messing around in Lightroom afterwards. Colour balance and upping the shadows and blacks.

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So I am just tooling around ST...and come upon this. Such amazing shots. Thanks for popping up somehow and I found it all!

 

I love stars....and moons....and thunderstorms!

 

@@KaingU Lodge. outstanding photos!

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So I am just tooling around ST

Technical term @@graceland? :D

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So I am just tooling around ST

Technical term @@graceland? :D

 

How well you know me and my lack of technical anything. Tooling around is a term...trying to learn a new tool- (tech wise);

 

But going" here and there" to find it. I stumbled over the lovely pics.

 

Now I need to go on a night safari. Maybe at KaiingU!

:blink:

 

SO I am really trying to figure out how to remove parts of a video; I know...HOW did I land on "Stars and Night" :ph34r:

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Star gazing last night.

 

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Then we couldn't resist playing around with the green laser:

 

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Tech specs:

 

Aperture: F2

S/Speed: mix of 15 and 30 secs

ISO: 800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love this thread.

 

Last year I rented a lens for some night/stars photos in SLNP in August but we couldn't quite get the hang of it (it was a Rokinon 24 mm f/1.4ED). Also, there weren't a ton of stars out while there (partially due to the blood moon I think) which was a bummer (for us and probably all the predators too). Going to have to try again in June this year - these pictures are pretty inspiring.

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I would think June would be much better @@Novelectro. Less dust and particles in the air from all the bushfires.

 

We also tried pointing out the Crux. This was not so easy, as the laser pointer had to be approximated on each of the four stars before switching on otherwise the beam was all over the exposure, so it was a real hit and miss affair.

 

Peter's photos have also inspired me to try some trails as a next venture into night skies - if my old macbook doesn't melt from all the merging that is....!

 

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@@KaingU Lodge

 

Neat!! Did you just use a torch to light the foreground?

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