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GordonH

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  1. I heard that comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was starting to fade so as the skies were forecast for clear last night I decided to have another crack at it while I can. I went to the same field as last week and shot a few time lapse clips of which I have selected a few stills as well. I was hoping for some Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) like I had last week but last night was even better, this is only the second time I've seen them (last week was the first) and early this morning (about 2am) they put on a really good display (all included in the video clip). I have joined last nights data with that of las
  2. Hi all I've managed to process the time lapse data that I shot of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) last night in the field above Nidd Gorge close by where I live. I managed to get some Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) as well which was nice. The only downside is that a small insect decided to land on my lens during the evening so there is a dark out of focus shape on some of the clips. This comet is visible to the naked eye but does show up better on camera. I have also enclosed a link to the full 4K version. The clips were shot with a Sony A7iii with a Samyang 85mm f1.4 with exposures of 5 seconds at f
  3. Hi For those that have been interested in my astroimages and time lapse videos, I had a website called "Imaging the heavens" Unfortunately the hosting site has announced that they are "pulling the plug" on June 30th and will no longer be hosting any websites so I've been having a go over the last 4 days at building a new website using Wordpress and Elementor and have managed to get something up and running, it will have a new name but the theme is largely the same ie night and astrophotography. It is called "In the still of the night". It is largely finished now apart from a f
  4. I have been working on a project for a while to try and link all my astrophotography together. I have now been taking pictures of the night sky in one way or another for the last 14 years. I started off taking pictures of deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae and star clusters) with specialist cooled cameras, filters and telescopes on computerised tracking mounts. Since moving to Harrogate in North Yorkshire I have been doing time lapse, star trails and single shot nightscape images with off the shelf Sony mirrorless cameras. I have selected a variety of my deep sky images and incorpora
  5. I got mine from the States through a company called Dynamic Perceptions when I bought my motorised camera slider. You're right in that there are no UK suppliers but you can buy direct from the company that makes them Best wishes Gordon
  6. There are a few people who do single nightscape shots up here but I haven't seen anybody else doing all night time lapse sessions. Probably the reasons for this is 1. You need extra thermal gear to keep you warm for 12 hours or more, not just half an hour or so 2. Dew heaters are essential, there was a bloke at the same site for about 2 hours shooting nightscapes and the milky way and he didn't have dew heaters and he was wiping his lens every 5 minutes or so (not a good idea) 3. You need to make yourself as comfortable as possible, I use an inflatable bed roll on top of a ground sheet and I w
  7. Hi Dave There were two people earlier in the evening till about 11pm taking single shots of the night sky but thankfully they left, while I encourage people to come out and do the same as me I wish people would learn about dark sky etiquette, both of them were turning on flashlights and camera phone lights every five minutes or so to see what they were doing which was annoying and thankfully it didn't spoil my clips. If they were at a star party such as Kelling they'd get thrown off the site;-) Apart from that and the noisy owls I was on my own for the whole night Best wishes
  8. Last night I went back to one of favourite haunts to shoot some time lapse, star trails, animated star rails and some nightscapes. It sounds like a lot but all of these are done from the same data. I got to Ribblehead station at about 2:30pm which left me plenty of time to have a cup of coffee at the Station Inn before setting off for the viaduct where I was based for the night. In all I shot 6 time lapse clips from which I also made a couple of animated star trails, star trail images and some single image nightscape shots. I was using a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens and all
  9. This is my second entry to the competition, I hope I got it in time Last night I went back to one of favourite haunts to shoot some time lapse, star trails, animated star rails and some nightscapes. It sounds like a lot but all of these are done from the same data. I got to Ribblehead station at about 2:30pm which left me plenty of time to have a cup of coffee at the Station Inn before setting off for the viaduct where I was based for the night. In all I shot 6 time lapse clips from which I also made a couple of animated star trails, star trail images and some single image nightscape sh
  10. Hi Here is my entry which I shot last Sunday night/Monday morning, October 27th/28th. This was taken at Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire about 10 miles from I live. It isn't the darkest of sites but I mainly wanted to get some reflections in the reservoir and some star trails. I started shooting at 8pm and finished about 6am. I had two cameras running throughout the night, a Sony A7iii with a Samyang 24mm f1.4 and a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye. Both cameras were operated via wireless remote intervalometer. Altogether during the night I shot 4 time lapse clips with a to
  11. I use Lightroom to batch process all the images (which are in RAW format to begin with), these are then exported to jpeg, I then use Starstax to create the files for an animated star trail video and also star trail images, I use Premier Pro for the video rendering and adding music, etc
  12. He had no right to, the car park and areas around the reservoir are open to the public 24 hours a day, I would have challenged him and asked him what law you were breaking
  13. You get occasional walkers with their dogs but they are usually gone by 10pm, the lights are from occasional cars that go to and from a house near by, any other faint flashes of light are from cars going across a road that bisects the reservoir about half a mile away
  14. I spent last night at Swinsty Reservoir, about 10 miles from where I live shooting some time lapse and animated star trails. Although the weather forecast was for clear skies for the whole night the sky was very milky towards the horizon and despite no moon the sky didn't appear that dark (probably due to nearby lights). I shot 4 time lapse clips from which I also made some animated star trails. Just after 12 midnight two cars pulled up on the road that bisects the reservoir about half a mile from where I was and some people got out and proceeded to let off some very loud fireworks for a perio
  15. Next month, the Herefordshire Astronomical Society is holding a public open day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. I have been invited to do a couple of talks on astrophotography and time lapse imaging. As part of the time lapse talk I have put together a video of my time lapse clips, animated star trails and holy grail time lapses that I have taken over the last 3 years. I have done a few calculations and the movie which lasts about 21 minutes was shot using over 31,000 images taken over a total period of 11 full 24 hour days which is then condensed into a total of
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