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  1. aaah ok - Yes, I am using full frame so you are not using the edges of the lens that I am...
  2. yes, same lens but I am on full frame so I am not sure how much of the lens area you are using with your camera ? Is it full frame? Though I am very new to all this so I have a lot to learn! I opened a thread about this on CN actually (https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/734450-issue-with-asymmetry/). I can't seem to get both corners sharp (top right, bottom left)
  3. cool! I am struggling to get good stars across the image of my modded canon 6D at f/4. I can get the lower left corner good, but the top right suffers, and vice versa. Painful!
  4. Very nice, what aperture did you set the lens to?
  5. How are you getting on with this lens? I have one too, on a modified Canon 6d. Not had a lot of time to test it yet but I did discover that it's tricky to get a flat field across the frame at f/4. I need more time to test though, cloud permitting of course!
  6. Hi all, I hope you are well. I recently got an iOptron skyguider pro and since have had only one night for testing it so far. However, I noticed some odd artefacts in an image I took (100% crop): Ignore the green stars, I am aware that Nikon have this issue but I am seeing some strange line artefacts too. 200% crop: I shot this at f/4, 100mm lens (100mm focal length, 50mm aperture) - 64 seconds, ISO 400. I have an old version of the firmware, I'll probably update it tomorrow (1.11 - current is 1.14, I think). Camera is unmodded. I'd love to know what you guys think that is all about!? PS I didn't use dark calibration, this is just one image. I did use in camera long exposure noise reduction. Are they just hot pixels? In RawTherapee they do seem to vanish when I adjust the 'hot pixel' removal slider. PPS it was windy and I am not 100% sure I nailed the polar alignment.
  7. Hi Toxic, I was looking at the nik tools last night and I couldn't figure out which tool you used to increase the saturation here - it looks really good! Can you please let me know which one you used?
  8. Thanks for all the info guys, you are very helpful! Yep - I am an old time user of cs2, I also have many 'actions' under my belt for landscapes already. I am loathe to pay for new software that doesn't really bring anything new to the table, especially these 'pay monthly' schemes. I'd rather spend the money on new hiking boots or a new lens etc. Of course, software is a large part of imaging but as you said - you can do most things in CS2, you just need more knowledge of the tool. Anyway, I got the plugins working, I'll have a look later. Thanks again all!
  9. Thanks Toxic, I'll have a look at that - I hope these plugins work in Photoshop CS2 as I don't have a later version - do you know if they do?
  10. Thanks very much! I am just learning this really.
  11. I used Pix Insight in the end, yes it looks better now after the SCNR. Thanks a lot for the tips guys.
  12. Thanks guys, that's the sort of feedback I was hoping for - I am not an astrophotographer per se, though I am a veteran landscape photographer - what applications do I need to perform SCNR?
  13. silly me, my head is not screwed on - I knew this haha. I'll edit the post
  14. Hi all! I hope you guys are well. I was doing a night hike yesterday morning (started at midnight the previous night). I like to shoot landscapes/sunrises on mountains so usually that involves me hiking in the dark for many hours until I arrive at a predetermined location. But I've been looking to the heavens increasingly lately, mountains are usually great dark sky locations so when the head torch is off - the skies are amazing. Anyway, I got sidetracked (from the hike) because as the moon set the sky lit up with stars (and the milky way) so I opted to take a few long exposures of the Cygnus region using a nikon d810 and zeiss 35mm on a static tripod. I should note that I used the lens in 'dx' mode, even though the D810 is full frame - so 1.5 x crop factor. The lens is amazing stopped down but even at f/4 the corners are still not great for stars. f/5.6 gets you there though but without tracking, I need more light. 'dx' mode was the compromise, plus I get a bit more magnification. This is what I came up with (12 images stacked in DSS, f/3.2, 4 secs each ISO 6400). No tracking, or guiding - just a static tripod. This was my first real attempt at any sort of wide field shot. I used in camera long exposure noise reduction and took darks but did not use them in the stack (I might try the stack again later with darks). I was quite happy with it but I think there is probably some noise and I am not too sure about the colour balance, I'd like to get more accuracy with the colour balance - so tips are most welcome! Obviously there is room for improvement, more frames would have been better (but I was again 'balancing' between getting to my spot for sunrise in time vs shooting the stars - life is ALL about compromise!). Without tracking, I can't get away with much more than 4 seconds exposure either.
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