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#1291583 - 14/12/2014 16:01 Astrophotography
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Hey guys, I didn't see a thread so I thought I'd make one dedicated to astrophotography. It is a fascinating and very time consuming activity. I like how a lot of it is hinged on the fact that it has to be planed so there is enough time, enough light or lack thereof and even the warmth of yours truly. Next year I hope to get out and hike to a few unique locations maybe in the national parks while there is a meteor shower.

Anyway, this is my effort from a trip last night out past ballarat to view the geminids meteor shower. I chose last night at I wasn't entirely sure on the weather for tonight. I got some nice shots of the milky way, I did a very quick time lapse and got some star trails.







also if anyone has any good spots to go an check out/photograph the night sky, one should not keep it to themselves poke
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#1291903 - 16/12/2014 11:18 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Great effort there woodman!! smile

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#1292498 - 18/12/2014 20:01 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Love the milky way one smile

Want to try and do some over Christmas break. What's your process? Have heard lots of things, like combining multiple exposures?
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#1292562 - 19/12/2014 10:31 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Nice shots.

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#1292685 - 19/12/2014 22:47 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Brett Guy]
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Thanks guys

My process is experiment, My star trails are multiple exposures as I also get a timelapse sequence out of the night. My milkyway shot was just a typical high ISO 25" shot

I have used Long exposure noise reduction before and I'll probably do that next time....only issue is I can't do it once I start a time lapse as I usually fill my cards up or run out of battery. I generally spend 30minutes trying out something different before I set up my time lapse and watch the sky.

I plan to hopefully head out camping once or twice next year to get some better shots. If I camp I'll likely set up the camera and head off to sleep
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#1292923 - 21/12/2014 16:17 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Dawoodman, G'day Mate.

My son Geoff with a mate climbed 'The Rock' between Wagga Wagga and Albury, at dusk, back in October. It took them about an hour to do the climb. It was cold and they climbed down a few hours later.

This is a 15 vertical image composite panorama taken by Geoff of the light pollution of Albury (90 clicks south) and the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way and a shooting star, from The Rock on a windy night.




The enlarged image can be found here ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/59254354@N02/15321560940/

Geoff used a 14mm lens on a Fuji XE-1 and the image was processed in Microsoft ICE. As a rule of thumb, to calculate the shutter speed, Geoff divided 550 by the focal length of the lens to get the slowest shutter speed to record the minimum movement in the stars. The lens was wide open at f2.8.

Warren.


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#1292977 - 21/12/2014 22:40 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Terrific pics, well done !
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#1293023 - 22/12/2014 11:16 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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That's stunning Wild Wassa.
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#1293935 - 28/12/2014 20:39 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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I may as well make my contribution.

I used to do a bit of astrophotography using my 8" scope and a dslr camera. However, work and family took over so I sold most of my gear early in 2013.

Anyways, here is some of my work.

The Running Man Nebula



Horse Head Nebula



Tarantula Nebula



Trifid Nebula



Orion Nebula



M83 galaxy



Leo Triplet



Sculptor Galaxy



Saturn



Transit of Venus across Sun


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#1293952 - 28/12/2014 22:26 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Wow, amazing pics.
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#1295182 - 02/01/2015 22:44 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Agreed. Truly stunning.
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#1295202 - 02/01/2015 23:47 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Truly beautiful shots. Some day I'd like to get some good astrophotography equipment and learn how to use it properly.

In the meantime I took this shot on my recent trip to photograph the Northern Lights. I've also put up an album of my best shots from the trip on my Facebook page.

Abisko 2014 Aurora Photos



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#1393722 - 14/11/2016 12:32 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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A heads-up for those may have missed it. Tonight and tomorrow morning is a record-breaking Supermoon. The biggest in 68 years. 30,000 km closer to earth than at any other stage, in our lifetime. It will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average monthly full moon.

The next big Super Moon will swing past in November 2034.

Good luck if your heading out tonight, I hope that your weather is helpful.

In my neck-of-the-bush, NW of the ACT, moonrise is at 7:17pm and moonset at 5:37am. I'm hoping the cloud cover and rain breaks up, where I am. It might be a long night tonight ... or more likely an early morning.

A few past mini Super Moons. Taken with a 55-200mm Tamron lens.

A smoky nocturne just South of swinging Coolac, in NSW. If you've not ever been to Coolac, get with the programme.



Moonrise, Dunlop Native Grasslands Nature Reserve, NW ACT.



Moonrise on the Great Dividing Range, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. Taken with a 100-400mm Canon lens.



Warren.


Edited by Wild Wassa (14/11/2016 12:42)
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#1393798 - 14/11/2016 22:54 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Mostly clear skies in Brisbane. I was trying to line up a departing aircraft with the super moon. Of course that never happened.
Sigma 150 - 500 mm lens.

Super moon 14 November 2016 by Greg, on Flickr
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#1393809 - 15/11/2016 08:47 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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I left home last night at 6:00pm, when the sky was relatively clear. Things were looking good. A long night outside was planned. It showered heavily on and off from 7:15pm, starting just after I set up my gear.

The moon didn't appear until about 10:30pm and then not clearly through the cloud, until about 2:00am. So I missed the moomrise, and got wet but ended up with a few good weather shots, that I'll post on the Spring Weather thread later today.

About 3:00am I gave up on the high ground at Potts Hill near Jeir Marchment in the Yass Valley and headed down hill to the Murrumbidgee River. I had planned several different locations, depending on the conditions.

Plan B, required a simple wet bush bash. I was hoping for moonlight on the river. I set up my gear and settled in for what remained of the night but the mist came in at 4:00am and required shifting to Plan C. It was good that the moonlight was bright. I climb back through the wet bush, to get above the mist. It was good that some farmers were up early, their lights are a bonus.

Super Moon above the Murrumbidgee River, NSW. 15 November 2016.



Warren.


Edited by Wild Wassa (15/11/2016 08:56)
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#1393819 - 15/11/2016 11:22 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Well done Wassa, you're a legend!
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#1393823 - 15/11/2016 13:18 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Wassa, absolutely amazing!!

What were your settings on that last pic?
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#1393835 - 15/11/2016 17:07 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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orangeroughy, G'day Mate, and thank you. A legend? ... in my own lunchtime.

Eddy, thank you too. During the night, I took 193 shots and ended up with two good images and one maybe OK ... maybe. It certainly was a numbers game last night.

The setting for the moon shot (at about 5.00am); Shooting mode; manual. Shutter speed: 1/200sec. Aperture: f5.6. ISO: 200. Focal Length: 400mm. Image Quality: RAW. White Balance: 5500K (I always set the colour temperature to noon daylight when outdoors). Focusing was manual. The Tone Curve was Standard. Sharpness: 0. Contrast: 0.

I had calibrated the exposure for the moon earlier, to be 1/ISO at 5.6, because despite being at night, the moon was lit by sunlight. The foreground as a stand alone exposure would have been about 5seconds at f5.6. All other parts of the image had to come along with what ever happened with the moon exposure. There was light in the sky when I took the shot but the darker foreground and sky looks more spacey.

Finally in the processing, I dialed out about 30% of the colour from the yellow layer. If you saw the moon last night it was like looking into a car headlight and too yellow.

Warren.


Edited by Wild Wassa (15/11/2016 17:08)
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#1393848 - 15/11/2016 21:30 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Thanks Wassa.
One last question what editing program do you use? Its outstanding the little amount of editing done?
Much appreciated for the info!!
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#1393927 - 17/11/2016 12:13 Re: Astrophotography [Re: Dawoodman]
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Eddy, firstly I should say, that the simplicity of the images that I post, belies the intensity of my processing, or hopefully it does. I'm big on post-processing.

I use a few programmes. Canon's Voom Browser EX for importing the images from the memory card. Then Canon's Digital Photo Professional for converting the RAW files to TIFFs. Then transferred to Canon's old (1994-2003) Arcsoft Photostudio 5.0.5a as my base processing programme, there isn't a single image that I process, that escapes Arcsoft Photostudio. This old version is still Canon's best programme ever, I think. Canon claimed that this programme was updated because it was too difficult to use.

Also, Photmatix Pro 5 for HDR images and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Lightroom has some great correction tools and toning features. Unfortunately Lightroom's colours aren't compatible with the old Arcsoft programme. So after Lightroom hacks-up my images and destroys the colours, the images return to Arcsoft for a rebuild ... and a conversion to JPEGs.

It usually takes longer to process one of my images than it takes to go to a location and take a shot and then return home. To me post processing is the fun part of photography. But it all has to be recorded well in the camera firstly, to make the post processing enjoyable.

Warren.


Edited by Wild Wassa (17/11/2016 12:21)
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