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posted on May, 8 2013 @ 05:42 AM
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Originally posted by vinceg
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These are some nice shots too! I really like the first one of the galactic center. Too much light pollution where I live to get those kinds of photos. Looks like you also managed to get M31(?) in the third one I think. I can't really tell though with so many stars visible. Very cool!

Vince



Cheers Vince
yes M31 is visible in the 3rd image and in the 2nd just above the tree line if you look closely. You should head out camping to dark site for the weekend if you can, dark skies really pay off for imaging and are just awesome with the naked eye if the Milkyway is above you!




posted on May, 8 2013 @ 06:01 AM
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Originally posted by alfa1

Originally posted by spacedoubt
One is a scan from a 35mm negative. I have this Canon-AE1 film camera from about 1983.

I'm sure you all recognize the comet.



Confused me for a moment because I initially thought you were saying the comet was 1983... and not just the camera, but my guess for the comet would be Hale-Bopp (1997).


My bet is Haley's comet from 1986. I should also have some photo's of it, somewhere, lol.



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 11:14 AM
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Yep, it's Hale-Bopp from 97. Sorry for the confusing time frame.
That camera is getting old. I remember trying to get it developed, and the photo place said there was nothing on the film. I didn't know you were supposed to tell them not to cut the negatives. Anyway, I scanned it, and found quite a few images.



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 11:48 AM
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Would love to see some more ATS Astrophotographers come out of the wood work, surely theres more!?


Heres a few mosaic images. Each one made up of multiple images then stitched togerther to give a wider field of view.

My first ever mosaic, from horizon to horizon.


I think this one was just short of a 360* panorama.


The Milkyway to the Big Dipper...


And some constellations looking West not long before sunrise.


Anybody else done any night sky mosaics or panoramas? If anybody wants to give it a try then download a free program called Microsoft ICE. When i took my first set of images intended for a mosaic, i spent hours trying to manually stitch them together in a program that everybody had recommened me. I gave up and found Microsoft ICE which done the stitching automatically in a matter of seconds!



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 12:10 PM
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Originally posted by intergalactic fire
For the moment i prefer to keep it cheap and use the time to enjoy just looking at the night sky.
This is an image of the milky way from several years back i wanted to share.

If I remember the camera data correct,
the settings were, 30 sec exposure at f4, iso 3200
It's titled, electric universe.


OMG


This picture is BEAUTIFUL! I would love love love to see a view of the sky like this. I am in FL and can only see a few stars here and there. Too much light pollution.


Wow, just wow!

Where is this located at?



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 12:34 PM
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Hey mblahnikluver, you can use this map to find a dark site:
Dark Sky Map

Chances are you will never see the milkyway like it is portrayed in that image, unless you go somewhere REALLY dark, but if you find a dark area you may get a glimpse of that majestic mass of stars.

Unfortunately it doesnt look like there are many dark areas in Florida, a couple around the coast.



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 02:20 PM
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I love doing panoramas..Mine are all non-space related. But I will get it together here soon, and try to make some space related images.

Yours look really nice. Almost a 3d effect. the colors are outstanding!

And thanks for the advice on the ICE program for stitching. I was using the Pandora plugin, for GIMP..It works ok. But there is still a lot of pre-setup, before it will make a good stitch for you.

and I agree! where are the rest of you hiding? I know there are more astrophotographers out there!
Please come on in and introduce yourself.



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 02:46 PM
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Hi All
As some have already mentioned you are not limited to stills you can make a timelapse movie from them.Here is a great example of what can be done if you get the time a good location and have an idea of what you are doing. Please watch this on the biggest screen you can at 1080P if possible. I showed this to some friends one night in my home cinema (HD projector 92" screen) quietist 4:09 seconds in my house ever their jaws were on the floor.



The camera movements in the video above are done by using a dolly system (computer controlled track)
A simple timelapse can be done using your camera ,tripod & Intervalometer (sometimes built into camera settings) and a good location.



I hope to do one soon just got a Intervalometer just need the time, correct weather and a good location, I live just over an hour from a dark sky park that's were I will go.
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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 05:40 AM
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Ah yes, almost forgot about astro timelapse. Heres a couple from me. If you can, watch in full screen HD for the best view.

This is my first ever timelapse, taken not long after i got my camera last year. When i reviewed the video for the first time i was amazed when i seen the Pleiades Star Cluster rise at the end of the video. I had never seen it before, dont think i even knew it existed!



This second one i messed up a bit. I took too long easing the exposure time up bit by bit through the night so i never caught as much of the Milky Way passing over as i could of. That there at the bottom right is where i live, my camp site! Tough in the Winter but amazing during the Summer months. Not a lifestyle many people would like but i like to keep it natural and under the radar




These are the only 2 astro timelapse i done. My plan was to make loads and eventually make a 5 minute video like the one posted above but then i found out that taking all those images pretty much kills your camera. Been thinking about buying a cheap cam and a dolly system this year just for timelapse. Would be good to have another go now with more knowledge, and now that i have a tracking platform, i could experiment more.
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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 05:54 AM
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Nice videos I saw M31 the start of the first video as well, what settings did you use for your timelapse.

Two caravans I see a modern and an old style gypsy/traveller caravan as for under the radar more like under the trees it seems



posted on May, 9 2013 @ 09:56 AM
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Originally posted by wmd_2008
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Nice videos I saw M31 the start of the first video as well, what settings did you use for your timelapse.

Two caravans I see a modern and an old style gypsy/traveller caravan as for under the radar more like under the trees it seems


Thanks WMD, yup M31 was visible
not sure what settings i used as i believe i deleted all the images after making the video clips but its was probably 30 second exposures, f5.6 and ISO 6400 for both timelapse. Back then i just wanted as much light into the camera sensor as possibe and those settings gave me that! Of course, i would do things different nowadays.

I think i started at a lower exposure after sunset, say 1 second, then every 10 minutes or so i would bump it up a second or 2 to ease into the darkness. Not the best way of doing things really...

Yeah, you are spot on about the caravans! I stay in the old gypsy wagon. Its great to leave the sheets on the front open during the summer so i have a nice view of the night sky. Its a shame the weathers been terrible here so far this year.



posted on May, 9 2013 @ 01:31 PM
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A few images of some heavinly bodies...

I think this was the blue moon so i gave it a bit of a blue tint in photoshop



This one was two images combined, one for the Moon, the other for the trees in the foreground. The Moon was very yellow that night, even more so than is show in the image.


And this is Jupiter next to the Hyades cluster in the contellation Taurus. That bright star in the centre is actually Jupiter, and the one to the right is the great star Aldebarran.
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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 03:40 PM
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Hey wmd,
You don't happen to have a Sony DSLR camera do you?
I see Sony in the photo...But you might have just been using an example.

Been shopping for an Intervalometer for my Sony A-100



posted on May, 9 2013 @ 05:28 PM
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Although I'm not in Northern Australia where the annular eclipse is happening, I'm still near enough that a simple projection onto a wall shows whats going on...


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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 05:53 PM
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Originally posted by spacedoubt
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Hey wmd,
You don't happen to have a Sony DSLR camera do you?
I see Sony in the photo...But you might have just been using an example.

Been shopping for an Intervalometer for my Sony A-100



Yes it's an SLT A37 very happy with it (phone camera pic of it) but have had no real chance to get some astro shots and as the lighter nights are in it may be September before I can do anything worthwhile.

The intervalometer was £15.85 on Amazon UK specs are as follows
delay up to 99h 59m 59s
exposure time same!
interval 1s to 99h 59m 59s
number of shots 1-399 -- (unlimited)

wmd

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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 06:09 PM
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For anyone with a Canon DSLR looking to do time lapse photography there is some FREE 3rd party updated firmware for most of the Canon DSLR range called Magic Lantern.




Magic Lantern is an enhancement atop of Canon's firmware that frees your Canon DSLR, allowing you to use many useful features. Initially developed for filmmakers, it now has functionality for both photo and video enthusiasts, including manual audio, zebras, focus assist tools, bracketing, motion detection and much more. It is an open (GPL) framework for developing extensions to the official software. It does not replace the existing firmware, but instead runs along side of it. There is no need to "uninstall" it -- simply format your card to reboot to the stock Canon firmware.


magiclantern.wikia.com...

Ive used it on my Canon cameras and it works fine.



Time lapse is explained at 7:75 in this vid


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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 07:17 PM
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One day down in Sedona... Nothing good skywise last night as we fell asleep too early after all the travel and a quick hike

Got up around 5am this morning in prep for the Sunrise and hoping to stay up tonight.

Even without the sky shots yet the Sedona area is amazing.



posted on May, 10 2013 @ 12:40 PM
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Thanks for the heads up on Magic Lantern Pheonix!

Just wondering though, i already have an intervalometre. Is there any other benefits of ML with regards to shooting timelapse and astro imaging, other that the built in intervalometre feature?



posted on May, 10 2013 @ 12:53 PM
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Well ML has lots and lots features that are not available on the camera normally. One of the other hand feature that might be useful is that it lets you can a series of pictures at different focal length which can then be stacked in photoshop.


The coolest thing about ML is that is doesnt really mess with your existing firmware, its like a boot disk. It gets loaded up off your memory card every time you turn the camera on. If you dont use the card with ML on then its not on your camera.

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posted on May, 10 2013 @ 02:57 PM
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Sounds pretty cool. Might have to have a play about with it and see what can be done. It would certainly beat carrying an intervalometre around with me for a start.





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