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  1. Thats it, I'm out. I've managed to sell all of my astro equipment and now I can turn my attention to my back problems and concentrate on getting back to full mobility and tearing my hospitals director a new one. Fifty two weeks and I'm still waiting for a surgery date. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone I've met on here and in the flesh, its been a short lived astro career spanning a mere 16 months but I've seen alot in that time and learnt so so much from the good folk here at SGL, but it gets to the point that when you cant even screw an Astrotrac on to the top of a tripod without being i
  2. Cheers Sy, its been enhanced in CS5 but it does look lovely. I like getting my images so that I like them, I know there are some folk out there that dont like using fuller colours but for me it looks great, that and blue is my fave colour.....the only thing that worried me was lack of a foreground object but its worked ok. I guess I could use it as a backdrop for another image...... I might find a busy area of sky for aircraft, I'm not far from the Stanstead airport flight path and set up for a shot collecting aircraft lights. I'll probably do better at that than I would for Geminids....
  3. Thanks for all the nice comments. I am pleased with the way the startrails turned out. Would have preferred a few more Geminids in there but thats life. I agree Kev it is a shame about the amount of work put on the camera for these images. Worth it though.
  4. Although I only managed to capture two Geminids this year I still thought I would put a composite of both of them together. So here is my image, the 1st Geminid can be seen to the bottom right and the second and much brighter one is at the bottom middle. The second one was 4 subs away from being clouded out. They are 20 second subs at ISO 1600 f2.8 on my Canon EOS 1000D with the Canon EF 20mm USM lens. I was using the CLS CCD clip filter. There are 205 subs in this composite. Put together using Startrails and then processed in CS5. I left the aircraft trails in aswell as there were not enough
  5. Thanks for the kind comments chaps. I still cant get over how huge it was.
  6. Took these images last night at about 11:30pm after returning from collecting my father in law from his car crash, he's ok but the car has fallen victim to an idiot who didnt know how to drive in adverse weather conditions. When I got out of the car I had a quick look up and saw the halo so thought I'd have a go at imaging it. Canon EOS 1000D tripod mounted with the Canon EF 20mm USM, 7 frames at 4 seconds, ISO 800 with lens stepped down to f4. Stitched in ICE and processed in CS5. The final image is 53 degrees across and vertically is 110 degrees. Tried to get it without burning the moon out
  7. I guess if they are decendents of the dogs used in the Russian Space program way back then he has a fair shout for selling them on AB+S
  8. I've only got the one but it should be good for a few shots, the camera is wrapped up in neoprene so may keep the battery warmer. I've been meaning to swap over to 12v power for a while now but as I dont get out much at the moment I keep forgetting. I got a couple last year so I'm hoping to add to a small collection aswell. Cheers Dave, I hadn't noticed that, thanks for pointing it out. I thought tonight at 11pm was the peak. Ahwell, fingers crossed we'll get a few. I might set up two cameras but I've only one dew band so we'll see how that goes.
  9. Fingers crossed, forgot its Tuesday already......time does get away from you at this time of year. I'm going to go with the 20mm lens again and 30 second exposures and leave it running all night if I can. Still waiting to get a 12v power lead for the cameras so am still running on batteries so not sure how long I will get. Its looking good all night here now. I hope yours goes well aswell.
  10. Thanks Russ. Hopefully I can get out some more this week, Tuesday is looking good here for the Gemenids. Might try a star trails shot with some added meteorites, might look like a game of "pick up sticks" if there are enough.
  11. Thanks John. Its the first image I've produced in ages, I was just about to head off to bed when I let the dog out in the garden and looked up. Three minutes later I was framing the shot and setting the focus......
  12. Thankyou, that means alot as your startrail shots are some of the best I've ever seen. When we looked at the first sub the tree made all of us here almost step back, I had a smile from ear to ear. I really didnt expect a pink tree. I'm looking forward to playing with the raw files though. I'm hoping setting the white and black points properly and cleaning out those hot pixels will make for a nicer finish. Building the new Photoshop PC today so hopefully it wont be long.
  13. I got the 34mm for £149 from Ace Cameras over in Somerset. I've not tried it on my f5 12" Newt but my good friend AndyUK has borrowed it, so its back over in Somerset again, he has used it on his MN190 and now he dosnt want to give me it back
  14. Took this the other night during the snow spell. The tree was lovely and frosty with a streetlight just underneath it and to the right. Orion was up nice and high so gave it a go. 27 x 60 second subs ISO 800 on my Canon 1000D with the Canon EF 20mm USM lens. Also had the CLS CCD clip filter in there to deal with any glow which is quite substantial. Stacked using the jpegs in Startrails and no post processing in CS5, I've still got the 27 raw files to play with and once the new PC is built I will be doing just that to get it processed nicely.
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