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Posts posted by Daniel-K

  1. 1 hour ago, barkis said:

    WOW!, A real and superb Widefield  Astro. Image. I do appreciate Deep Sky objects in all their glory,
    but I feel great when looking at a picture of a star filled night sky. It takes a good  Camera and lens  to  produce  a show like  this.

    You selected a fine part of our home  Galaxy to expose your cameras sensor  to Daniel. 
    Can only be described as Excellent. :icon_salut::icon_salut:.


    Thanks Ron im slowly fine tuning my setup, the next step is gather a few hours worth of data this good on this composition. just need that holy grail night now :BangHead:

  2. On 02/09/2019 at 20:26, Sunshine said:

    Stunning image, I need to get me a Sony too! considering I’m using an original 5D. It must be 10 years old now at least, I’m sure the Sony will leave it for dead.

    The Sony's are wonderful to use, i shot canon for a few years and moved to Sony after the lack of features from canon.  albeit 42.4MP on a FF sensor is overkill it works really well for my daytime landscape work and its a cracking astro camera. 


  3. 16 hours ago, Daniel-K said:

    not bad wide open like. i rekon stopped down to F2.2 and tracked this lens would be a belter. wish i had captured more data

    I shot it wide open to see what aberrations it had. You can clearly see it has a vignette but that might of been the lens hood. But still very impressive. I wish I had more time to use it. However I have access to it anytime so next time I fancy stopping it down and doing a full night with it.

  4. 2 hours ago, Nigeyboy said:

    Wow!! Thats incredible!! I tried my hand at some basic AP while on holiday in Cornwall a few weeks back. I only had a static set up (Canon DSLR on a tripod), but still caught some details!! What tracking mount did you use?

    I used the  skywatcher mount.its a great mount very useful.


    Last night i had front row seats to the best show in town. 
    North Wales has some of the darkest skies in the UK. hence why i spend alot of time in the area.

    There was meant to be a chance of the first decent auroa of the season but it never really came, so i focused on some other aspects of the night sky.

    I had a Sigma Imaging UK 14mm F1.8 on loan for the evening and i was eager to see what this lens could do after hearing great things about it. 

    Nothing could of prepared me for the back of screen moment after the first exposure. What a beautifully crafted lens.


    Shot wide open at F1.8 

    ISO 1250 



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  6. Are you you using a tripod collar on you're 70-200?  I'll be adding a vixen clamp my self just for some more stability.

    I'm not a fan of manfrotto products I think they are over rated I've brokenteo of their tripods and that head you use has failed on me. 

    I found using a heavyweight tripod makes a big difference to my exposure length and an accurate polar alignment. 

    Is you're camera a crop sensor as it will give you 1.6x crop factor vs a full frame sensor and could be the difference between out set ups so you're trailing would be slightly more exaggerated 

  7. 10 hours ago, inlin3 said:


    Just a small question. I want to use a DSLR on the SA included dovetail without having to remove the quick release plate from the camera. One option would be to atach the whole ball head to the dovetail, but I'm worried about the extra weight. My question is, would I be able to just get a arca swiss plate and clamp from amazon and attach the clamp to the fine-tuning end of the dovetail? If so any clamps you recommend. I have seen some pictures with what seem's to be panning bases doing this job but i'm unsure if they are standard bases or something custom built.


    thanks in advance!

    This is how I run mine.  No issues really and I'm getting 300 secs 

    Just for scale this is my tripod no broken backs for PA for me!!



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  8. im currently getting back into a bit of WF deep sky stuff. basic rig for now but the idea is to be able to capture data at home as well as from the datk sky's of Anglesey. 

     im looking for a LP filter but im struggling. the only one i can find is the IDAS 67mm that will screw onto the the end of my lens. this is ok but its very expensive. im just wondering if there are clip in filters for Sony mirrorless cameras yet??  it's been a while since ive shopped around for anything imaging wise. 





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