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clarkpm4242

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  1. Two and a half minutes of astro Slow TV. Edited together a sequence of time lapse videos taken from Swaledale during the last month. New material taken last Sunday night. A bit of music by Lee Rosevere. Something to 'observe' if its cloudy where you are...cheers, Paul.
  2. Wee animation from output of stacking s/w. I like the effect. Cheers, Paul.
  3. About 430 frames from the Orion time lapse topic. Orion, Hyades and Pleiades feature. StarStax... ...cheers Paul PS almost free of aircraft and satellites!
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    Tell us your sky quality

    Have recently done some readings for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Separate nights have had 21.45 and 21.5 (averaged) in our garden.
  5. 'Quick' edit of about 3 1/2 hours last night. Looks over some nearby cottages. One for a darkened room. Music by Lee Rosevere. 1270 frames. Canon 7D MkII, Samyang 16mm, Lightroom. Cheers Paul
  6. Obtained a sequence of readings last night. 23:10 21.26 00:30 21.32 01:10 21.41 01:50 21.45 These are each 5 readings after the meter has 'settled down'. Top and bottom discarded and remaining 3 averaged. Clearly demonstrate the darkening of the sky and possibly the 'loss' of Milky Way interference. Neat Incoming cloud stopped further measurements. Paul
  7. The Yorkshire Dales NP and Nidderdale AONB are working towards IDA accreditation. We are undertaking measurement of sky bright/darkness. About 20:00 I went to out measure and found all the readings about 0.2 down on previous, around the 21.1 mark. The light domes were up and transprency was obviously down. Wind the clock forward to 04:25 this morning. The sky was CLEAR and DARK. SQM from my garden averaged 21.5, repeated 10 mins later. The moisture had been 'frozen' out of the sky, about-8C. This was an improvement of 0.2 on previous best taken in the early hours last year. I'm sure many in remote areas have darker skies but this was an eyeopener for me. The Canon 15 x 50 binoculars showed some spiraling in M51 and M81. NGC 3077 (mag. 9.89) was a smudge near 81 & 82. M101 didn't need searching for The Needle Galaxy, NGC 4565 (mag. 9.6) showed good elongation. M66 & 66 were quick spots in Leo. Paul
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    Am I a cheat? A question of morals.

    This sort of compositing is a definite no, no in my 'rule book'. Examples I've seen: - local landscapes (North Yorkshire) with the Milky Way taken from latitudes of southern Spain or the Canary Islands - a 'moonless' night with obvious strong shadows and a Milky Way that is never visible in that part of the sky and pasted L-R reversed... ...as long as you are honest with the viewers of your images, don't make false claims, you can do what you like. Compositing a foreground with a different exposure taken in the same session is fine, or possibly taken at another time if it reflects a possible astronomical reality. Just say what you've done. Having come to imaging via a deep sky visual observing route, I tend to go for less colour to give me a better connection to what I've seen in 'real life'. I have been known to do versions with more colour for public consumption... ...cheers Paul
  9. Known locally as the 'Three Sisters'. Have been faffing around trying to get decent composition
  10. W-i-d-e field. Lined up along Swaledale this morning. Cheers Paul Canon 7D MkII Sigma 24mm 2s f2.8 iso800. Cropped in Lightroom etc.
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    Cold , but very light night !

    See my SQM topic. Really pants early on, then... ...cheers Paul PS Good to get some in!
  12. -9C no wind though!
  13. Well, my Xmas pressie was a battery grip for my camera. It enables much longer single take time lapse videos. Like this 3+ hour session. Free to air music by Lee Rosevere. Turn up the volume cheers Paul.
  14. Generated from the middle 3/4 of the time lapse sequence posted earlier. Convenient foreground illumination from a passing vehicle
  15. Basic edit. 1100 frames 5s f2 samyang 16mm Canon 7D MkII. Cropped and WB in Lightroom. About 04:00 - 07:00. Tired. Paul. Lunar Eclipse 2019
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    Lunar eclipse star trails

    Generated from the middle 3/4 of the time lapse sequence posted earlier. Convenient foreground illumination from a passing vehicle
  17. Basic edit. 1100 frames 5s f2 samyang 16mm Canon 7D MkII. Cropped and WB in Lightroom. About 04:00 - 07:00. Tired. Paul. Lunar Eclipse 2019
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    Astrophotography in Hawaii

    I understand that Hawaii has an inversion layer, cloud/rain above which the observatories are located. Others may have more info. on this. You may need to go above it for clear skies. Paul
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    Perseus Molecular Cloud Re Process (9 hr stack added)

    Less is definitely more... Though I'm always one for a more nuanced, deft and light touch. Pity I don't have such a thing. Thanks for posting. Paul
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    What's that?

    Astrometry.net
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    First or Last "Quarter" phase terminolgy

    It is not a description of what you see. When the moon is 1/4 the way through its 4 week/28 day orbit it is at 1st quarter and half illuminated as we see it. WHen the moon is 3/4 the way through its 4 week/28 day orbit it is at 3rd/last quarter and half illuminated as we see it.
  22. Hi John, Some good suggestions. Up to now I've not had much success ( To my satisfaction anyway ) with light painting. The poundland LEDs interests me as some of the pro LEDs can be a touch expensive. I'm going to trawl the cheapo shops and tell them you sent me I've seen sites such as this but not tried it yet. I will now though - https://waynepinkstonphoto.com/Low-Level-Landscape-Lighting It's funny you specifically mention the Ashness bridge shot as something happened that has never happened to me before ....... I was not alone ! I felt rushed and under pressure to get the shot and get out. All my own fault and in no way a reflection on anyone else. Due to that I decided to avoid the stone circle altogether ! This highlights different approaches/atitudes. I spend my time planning for low moon illumination, silhouettes etc. rather than light painting. Though can then end up with compositing different length exposures or copying and layering/blending in PS...whatever floats ones boat. Have been 'freaked' out a few times when supposedly alone in the dark. Usually the more really remote location the better. Cheers Paul
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    Night vision in Yorkshire Dales

    I wonder which village that was? We also had an early Xmas Eve evening session before moonrise TMB 92mm f5.5 APO. Comet 46P, M31, Milky Way etc. The relatives were entertained! NV is not a usual accessory for our SQM 21.4 sky pity about the moon...glad you were successful! Happy New Year Paul
  24. Nice work... ...apart from the chocolate bounty, disgusting!!! Coconut hating Paul.
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    Messier list completed

    For deep sky try the RASC Finest NGC objects. Chosen for visual appeal. A step up in difficulty from the Messier list. The H400 has many unappealing objects. Good luck Paul
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