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  1. Cracking shot I use a 6D and Samyang 14mm for nightscapes too, and I also find 25 sec f2.8 iso3200 is a good place to start for MW shots. And I don't think it's overexposified - well maybe to a picky astronomer , but not to a punter looking to buy a nice piece of wall art. They generally don't like the sky being too dark.
  2. Another late one! I use the Samyang 14mm with my 6D and also 1100d with Astronomik clip filter. Good with both. Here it is with the 1100d wide open f2.8 iso 1600 4x60s Pete
  3. Cheers Phil. For MW shots, provided there's not too much light pollution, I nearly always use 30 sec f2.8 iso3200, occasionally 6400.
  4. Ah, the joys of astroimaging - practice, patience, perseverance needed by the bucketload! And I've just heard that ITV have been filming their Sunday night replacement for Downton Abbey - it;s an 8-parter called Jericho, and is all about the goings on in one of the shanty towns the navvies lived in when they were building the Ribblehead Viaduct. Sort of western Yorkshire style. Aye oop, get tha's clogs on mi lad, trouble at't viaduct! Can't wait Oh and it's not been filmed in the Dales, but around Huddersfield and Barnsley. Still flat cap and ferret country, so that's all righ tthen!
  5. Thanks Pete I got some clearer shots before the mist moved in but I thought this was a bit different. Hi 4th, yes, great area by day and by night! 30 sec is the maximum exposure length I can do with a 14mm lens without noticable star trailing. An option is to use a driven mount like the Star Adventurer at half siderial rate to 'split the difference' between stars trailing and foreground blurring, so I can do 60 sec like this rather than 30 sec (that's if I need the extra exposure). The lazy way is to bump the iso up one stop. A trickier alternative I haven't got round to trying yet is to do a tracked exposure for the sky and an untracked exposure for the foreground, then combine each element as separate layers in photoshop. Good luck! Pete
  6. Well Caught Paul! I didn't think it would be worth trying yet. Now where's that gap in the clouds ....
  7. Thanks Julian! Yes, great walking country by day and nice dark skies at night.
  8. Yep, a bit spooky! About 100 men died building the viaduct, all buried nearby. No steam trains, but I got a diesel going through Ribblehead station
  9. Cheers Yes, I thought it made it a bit of a different shot with all the mist - 4 or 5 ft deep, kept coming up over my head then dropping back down again.
  10. Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle line in the Yorkshire Dales. A lot of mist rolling across the moor but still fairly clear overhead. Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm, f2.8 30 sec iso3200.
  11. Cheers guys I don't usually go out with the intention of catching the ISS, but I always check whether it's going to be around and think about how I can work it into my shot. Not sure what the satellite is, looks like it was moving S to N anyway.
  12. Cheers Yep, Victorian engineering meets modern engineering. Took this from the site of the navvy camp - at least 100 killed building it. H&S a bit lax in those days.
  13. The ISS passing over the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle - Carlisle line. Composite of two 60sec shots, f2.8 ISO 800, Canon 6D + Samyang 14mm, Polarie at half sidereal rate. Back in August before astronomical darkness so couldn't bring out the MW too well - normally use ISO3200 or 6400 for that. Thanks for looking
  14. Hi Pauline You're welcome at Heaton Park Astronomy Group, happy to help beginners. Bring your scope or look through ours. First meeting of our new season next Thursday 26 September 7-9pm, then every Thursday till end March. Details at www.hpag.co.uk
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