And now for something completely different. (From me, anyway)

Discussion in 'Pentax DSLR Forum' started by kyteflyer, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
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    K-5, DA15mm, I guess its looking toward the Galactic Centre... No idea, really.

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    It was barking cold out there but I am pretty pleased with this as a very first attempt at astrophotography. I don't have a telescope, and the shot is a little blurred. (who forgot to switch off SR, and to use the timer. REally must get a remote)

    Settings
    Exposure 30
    Aperture f/4.0
    Focal Length 15 mm
    ISO Speed 800
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
     
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  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
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    Nice work there Sue. So this is with the DA15 trained straight at the night sky....no telescope or long lens in between? WOW!
     
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  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    I forgot that was even up there. Here in Philly with the smog, heat waves and lights, we don't get to see that very often.
    Thanks for the view. It's a nice 1st attempt.
     
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
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    Thanks, guys. I also ran it through CEP3 which added more but I decided just to show the out of camera ACR processed shot. Of course I had to do some contrast and clarity boosting, but not too much because the galactic clouds get lost. This shot was 30 seconds, ISO1600, and f/4 (which is why I am considering using the FA43 next time, to get a wider aperture. Focussed at infinity of course.

    Next time, I'll try the 43 at 10-15-20 secs and f/1.9 or 2.4, and see if I can get the ISO down a tad. I also shot some at 800 but the 1600 ones were definitely better. Doing it all in the dark was fun, too, I was out on a lonely deserted country road with nearly no light. Must add a torch to the kit :)
     
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
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    That's impressive.
     
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  6. BBW

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    A beautiful reminder of where we are in the universe.
     
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  7. kyteflyer

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    A couple more, the last is looking back over the upper reaches of the wetlands toward the outer suburbs of Newcastle. Even though these have lots not to recommend them, its given me a new lease on life, in the sense that I was brinking on selling my DSLR gear, but nothing else I have can do this. I just need to get out there and practice.

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    Settings
    Exposure 30
    Aperture f/4.0
    Focal Length 15 mm
    ISO Speed 800
    Exposure Bias 0 EV

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    Settings
    Exposure 30
    Aperture f/4.0
    Focal Length 15 mm
    ISO Speed 1600
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
     
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  8. BBW

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    Love that second one! The reflections of that great sky in the water are just beautiful, Sue.
     
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  9. kyteflyer

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    Thanks, BB!! I was quite surprised when I looked at it. It was the first shot of the night, I was trying to get a sense of what would work, and I'd like to head out again tonight if the weather stays fine, and try again for some cleaner shots.
     
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  10. BBW

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    Keep up the good work, Sue! I really do love that picture. I can feel the stillness just looking at it and would love to be there.
     
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  11. kyteflyer

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    Thanks BB. I think I am pretty blessed to live where I live, which is in the burbs, but only 5 minutes from this, 15 from the city, and 90 minutes to Sydney. Couldnt be better :)
     
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  12. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
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    Beautiful shots! i love twinkling stars!
     
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  13. Briar

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    Oct 27, 2010
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    These are great Sue, I definitely want to see more of these kind of pictures. I have a telescope but have never tried to capture the night sky with it even though I have an adapter for my canon 350d. Our skies are too light polluted where I live near Edinburgh. Your skies look fantastic, please take some more. I'd love to see more.
     
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  14. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2010
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    Very Nice!. I have several telescopes(another expensive hobby). Depending on the focal length used, stars will start to streak at anything greater than 10s or so of shutter time. I'm really trying to figure out what you photographed. Seeing that you are down in Oz, your view of the sky is very different than ours up here in the northern hemisphere. If I had to take a guess, the first one is somewhere around Sagitarius, where the milkyway passes through.
     
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  15. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
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    @Karen: Thanks! I have a telescope too, but its cheap, old and probably mould-ridden by now. I have no way of connecting it to the camera either, though maybe I should get it out and see what sort of state its actually in.

    @Djarum Sadly, my astronomical knowledge is fairly minimal. I have "Starmap Pro" on my iphone, and it tells me that you are right, Saggitarius is where I was pointing. The other was pointing in the general direction of the Southern Cross, and its buried in there. Naked eye doesn't show so many stars and Southern Cross is very visible in the night sky, likewise Castor and Pollux, also known as the pointers, which, when an imaginary line is drawn through them, point directly at the star at the apex of the Cross.

    In just looking at Starmap Pro (which I have owned for a couple of years now but never really played with much) I find I have options called "night vision" and "lamp" both of which turn the screen red. Lamp is able to be brightened or darkened. Looks like I don't need a torch after all, to adjust camera settings in the dark :)
     
  16. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    Kyteflyer

    I'm not sure what os you use but a fun app to download for your pc is stellarium and its free.

    The reason why night mode is red is because our night vision needed for using telescopes or just seeing with our eyes isn't effected by red light compared to other colors. Keep taking these shots. They are wonderful.
     
  17. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    you might want to consider a mobile phone with led torch... (2 in 1) :smile:
    btw, those shots are great!
     
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  18. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

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    I'm a Mac, usually. Or Ubuntu. But co-incidentally I had today decided to reinstall w7 on the netbook, so I'll take a look at Stellarium before I change my mind and put Ubuntu back on :) Thanks for the tip.

    I like having Starmap on the iphone, because I have it with me. I wont be taking a computer out there :)
     
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  19. BBW

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  20. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    True, but its fun to play with even when you aren't outside. Actually, there is a windows and linux version, as the program started on Linux to begin with. I think they have a mac version also that runs on 10.6.