reply to post by ToneDeaf
All the other pics are really nice.
I think it's great that a lot of folks when out and literally gave it a shot.
It's not always easy. Get a tripod. Go ahead and start with a cheap one.
They aren't very durable, but you will see a difference immediately. 15 , 20 bucks max.
When you get the hang of it, But a nice one, a little more heavy duty.
Experiment just on regular nights.
Try out The Orion constellation. this time of year. Its got some bright stars in it, and a nebula.
The stars are different colors. You can see the Orion nebula.
Just a camera and a tripod you can do this:
It just takes practice.
You need manual settings to do it..Most decent cameras can be switched to manual.
Start at about a 400 iso setting
And an aperture setting at somewhere around 8 or 11. you have to play with that. But the lower the number, the more light you are pouring onto your
sensors. Remember you are working with very little light.
No Zoom!! You'll have the shutter open 12 seconds, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Zooming enhances the movement of the stars as the Earth rotates.
Shoot the moon in different phases....shoot Jupiter for about 6 seconds..You'll be surprised at what you'll see.
Or Satellites, those are good for practice because they show up on schedule
The Iridium series is my favorite because they can be very bright.
Go to the www.heavens-above.com...
website. You get predictions of how bright an Iridium flare will be at your location. They can be very
I think we should have a little friendly competition, Camera ad Tripod only. No clock drives allowed.
See what we can capture with minimum equipment. anyone game?
PS. I responded to this particular post because the photo reminds me of what you might see floating around Jupiter, or Saturn. It's a nice clean
shot, but you can't quite see a distinguishing mark.
It's just a moon of some planet, somewhere in the Universe.
So anyone game for a backyard astronomy Thread, and/or contest?