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cstew

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About cstew

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  1. First of all, happy new year and all that, seems like an age since I posted anything on here! Anyways, seen as Ison was somewhat of a washout, plus I never managed to set eyes on it, I saw that my mate had mentioned that Lovejoy was visible, so I headed out for a quick session. Just to my backstreet, my backstreet that is horribly light polluted, in the middle of town and with a full moon to help things along! Equipment: Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod, remote shutter release. f/4, 2.0s, 2500iso, 200mm. Quite happy for a first try.
  2. Very nice, what length pf exposure? I wouldn't mind a wider lens, 24mm is my widest at the moment and I hear good things about the samyang.
  3. Would have been nice to get a milky way over the lake, but too much light pollution over that way Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  4. Just going to write up a quick review in the photography section. Quick review: Read all the rave online reviews, bought it, highly disappointed, messed about with AF micro adjust, now happy!
  5. Well, haven't posted anything on here for an age! Been a busy man, not sure doing what, but have little free time! Anyways, spent a week up in the Lakes last month, weather was a little mixed, but there was one beautifully clear night, so I took the opportunity to indulge in no less than four of my favourite pursuits, by spending an evening by the side of Windermere, taking photographs and imaging the night sky with some single malt and a fine Cuban cigar. Pretty much nirvana for me! Was also a good opportunity to test out the astro potential of my latest lens purchase, the much lauded Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art series. So all pics below taken with a Canon 6D, Sigma 35mm f/1.4. The night sky images are here, I'll post the general pictures in the appropriate photography section: The view from the back yard of the cottage we stayed in: The sky over Falbarrow hall, with what I presume is Andromeda sneaking in at the top; Some faint wispiness through the trees, again with Andromeda (?) making an apperance, this was taken closer to the town, hence the light pollution sneaking in: Again, through the trees: Most have these images have some streaks on them, satellites, shooting stars, who knows, maybe even the front end of the Perseid's? Here's me and my mate drinking whisky and smoking cigars by the lake side waiting for darkness to fall. I can think of plenty worse spots to enjoy an evening!
  6. I've used lenslocker a few times, seem quite good, don't know how they compare on price? And I suspect that any decent rental site would be able to get the lens to you before the 26th even taking the bank holiday weekend into account.
  7. I certainly don't regret buying a 6d and I don't think anyone would Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  8. Resolution good, ISO, bad, should at least be 6400, also needs a long exposure mode.
  9. Read an interesting article today, scientists reckon that the human eye has a resolution of 575 megapixels and a max iso of 800.
  10. That's amazing, almost zero noise at iso 12800, just need the sensor at -21! Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  11. Didn't even realise it was going on, I was out with my camera as well, but looking at orion
  12. My usual impromptu kind of session, noticed it wasn't raining/snowing/gale force winds/100% cloud cover so grabbed my scope and camera and quickly set up in the back yard. On a good note, found out my street pretty much runs exactly north-south, so I can just line up the scope with the house and I'm pretty well polar aligned, at least for casual observing. Orion nebula, Pleiades and jupiter, Canon 6D, Tamron 70-300mm @ 300mm f/5.6 iso 6400 2s. And a random shot of jupiter taken at dusk. Things to note, the lens needs stopping down, some nasty bloating and coma on the stars, it's amazing that you can pick up that much nebulosity with just a 2 second exposure and I really, REALLY need to take the scope out to a decent spot, my backyard is too cramped and light polluted. Might take it on my next fishing trip up to the lakes if I have room.
  13. What I mean is focus for ap, use the centre point to autofocus on a star and then lock it to manual focus, I understand the centre point isn't always best for standard photography Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  14. Using the central focused point, the 6d will be able to autofocus better than the 5d, better than any other camera in fact, it has the most sensitive focal point of any camera on the market Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  15. There is no doubt that the 5D mk3 is the better camera, some would argue it's the best DSLR available at the moment. What it boils down to in this choice, which I recently had to make, is simply price. Is the 5D worth the extra money to you? It wasn't to me, and I don't regret buying a 6D for a second.
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