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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
  15. Thanks guys A lot of shuffling about under the trees to get the framing right without tripping over tree roots and falling in the lake! I'd been thinking of trying for this shot for a long time, waiting for the MW to be in the right position. Shooting from the east shore of the lake looking SW there isn't an awful lot of LP - still too much though, but hey, this is the UK not the Atacama!
  16. Milky Way over Catbells from Friars Crag - being careful not to fall in the lake
  17. Thanks. The first two were 15sec and the third one 60 sec. Pete
  18. A few shots from last weekend. 8 of us from Heaton Park Astro went down to Hay and were lucky enough to get a partly clear Friday night and crystal clear Saturday night. These shots were taken at the festival's observing location at Hardwicke, 2 miles from Hay-on-Wye. Plough over Hardwicke Church - 6D + Samyang 14mm Venus over Hardwicke Church - 6D +Samyang 14mm. Diffraction spikes added especially to annoy the purists MW rising, Cass in the middle and some HII regions. Modded 1100d at ISO3200 so very noisy, Samyang 14mm again. Sod's Law the only significant LP was from Hereford 15 miles away in the direction I was shooting.
  19. Red alert so I dropped everyhting for a 130 mile round trip up to the Dales last night - Kingsdale, near Ingleton. There from 10pm to midnight, then it started dying away. Experimented with various length of exposure but ended up with 15 sec to try and keep some structure in the curtains, which were moving all the time. That meant wacking the iso up to 6400, more than I'd like but not too bad with the 6D. Good ol' Samyang 14mm stopped down to f4.
  20. Nice image, well done!. I didn't think the tail would show so well with 30sec subs.
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