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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 last week. I was particularly pleased that I got the blue ion trail last night, I was using a higher ISO as the comet was quite a bit higher up so light pollution was less of a problem than last week. I used a Sony A7iii with a Samyang 85mm f1.4 using exposures of 6 seconds at f2.8 and ISO between 800 and 6400 and a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 24mm f1.4 using exposures of 20 seconds at f2.8 and ISO between 800 and 1600. The video can be seen at the link below in 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqBvk3s9klw
  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 f2.8 and ISO800 and a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 24mm f1.4 with exposures of 10 seconds at f2.8 and ISO400 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjWbaFWnUA
  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 few tweaks or possibility of extra pages in the future. If you'd like to have a look at how far I've got so far it can be found at the link below. There was no ".com" available but I did get a ".space" which I thought was very apt https://www.inthestillofthenight.space Best wishes Gordon
  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 incorporated them into a video along with time lapse clips and star trail pictures. To try and tie it all in together I have used single shot nightscape images and processed the deep sky images to zoom out from the nightscape image from the position that they are actually in the sky for the time that the image was taken, this took a fair bit of time to get just about right. The video is just over 26 minutes long and doesn't include every image or time lapse that I have done as it would double the length of the video. I chose clips and images that I have taken over the last decade. The music is all by a musician called Caleb Etheridge which was obtained from a website called "Artlist" where I'm a subscriber. The music was chosen for this video as all the titles of the tracks are in some way space or sky related. The deep sky images were all taken from my back yard in Hereford and the time lapse and star trail work was taken in the Brecon Beacons, Heargest Ridge and mainly in North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales. The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K, please be patient as it may take a while for the HD and 4K versions to appear, it is a 14GB file https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsby_6Mxnk
  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 wear a down suit that is rated to -50c. 4. You need food and drink and finally 5. You need to be slightly unhinged to want to stay out all night in freezing temperatures More kit is needed for an overnight session such as this than say a two hour shoot, as I don't drive and I have very bad joints in my legs (arthritis, artificial knee) from years of high impact sports I can't carry all my kit any more so I invested in a hiking trailer which will carry up to 40kg of gear which is a real bonus as it will fit on a train and then I hike the rest of the way to where I do my shoot. It does take a bit of planning and a serious amount of dedication especially in the winter but the results are worth it Best wishes Gordon
  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 Gordon
  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 the exposures were 40 seconds at f2.8 with ISO varying between 1000, 6400 and 8000. For the other clips I used my Sony A7iii with Samyang 24mm f1.4 and all exposures were 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 1000 and 6400. Even though the cameras aren't astro modified I found that on the one clip showing the milky way moving across the viaduct I could easily make out the North America Nebula as well as Andromeda galaxy which I thought was pretty good for a 20 second exposure. In all I took a total of about 2,600 images between 5:30pm and 5:30am. It was very clear with no wind during the night but very cold and frosty, during one of the clips you can actually see a puddle in the foreground icing over. From downloading all the data from my cameras to uploading to youtube took me about 6 hours. The video can be seen at the link below and it is available in HD and 4K (4K is much better) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OmT577aEwk
  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 shots. I was using a Sony A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens and all the exposures were 40 seconds at f2.8 with ISO varying between 1000, 6400 and 8000. For the other clips I used my Sony A7iii with Samyang 24mm f1.4 and all exposures were 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 1000 and 6400. Even though the cameras aren't astro modified I found that on the one clip showing the milky way moving across the viaduct I could easily make out the North America Nebula as well as Andromeda galaxy which I thought was pretty good for a 20 second exposure. In all I took a total of about 2,600 images between 5:30pm and 5:30am. It was very clear with no wind during the night but very cold and frosty, during one of the clips you can actually see a puddle in the foreground icing over. From downloading all the data from my cameras to uploading to youtube took me about 6 hours. The processing consisted of taking one RAW image from each clip, processing that in Lightroom and using the copy/paste function to transfer the processing workflow to all the images in each clip. The star trails/animated star trails were done with Starstax. Each clip was rendered to video using Premier Pro. The nighscape shots were from the clips and had a final tweak in Photoshop. When I had all the video clips, still frames, star trails and animated star trail clips I then rendered the whole lot to one video clip after adding music and title screens The video can be seen at the link below and it is available in HD and 4K (4K is much better) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OmT577aEwk Best wishes Gordon
  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 total of over 2,500 images being taken. Exposures were all set to 20 seconds and both lenses set to f2.8. The ISO varied between ISO 1000 and 6400. During one of the clips a couple of cars pulled up on the road that bisects the reservoir and some people got out and started letting off fireworks which appear in one of the clips. All the images were taken in RAW format which were then batch processed per clip in Adobe Lightroom before exporting to jpeg. To create the animated star trails and star trail images some of the jpegs were then processed using Starstax. To create the final video all the jpegs were put together with some title screens and music and then rendered to video using Adobe Premier Pro. The link below is to the clip on my YouTube channel which is in HD and 4K (looks much better in 4K) Gordon Haynes
  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 period of about half an hour (these appear in one of the clips). My friend Bob Moore in America reported recently that he was trapped in his observatory by a bear that was wandering around, luckily we don't have that problem over here, but those geese and ducks on the reservoir, what a noise! Honking and quacking most of the night. I started about 8pm and finished just before 6am this morning. I have included a link to the full resolution video which is in HD and 4K (please be patient as it takes a while for the full resolution 4K to appear after posting to YouTube) as Facebook compresses the video and spoils the quality All the clips were shot on my Sony A7Sii with Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens with exposures of 20 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 2500 and my Sony A7iii with Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens with exposures of 20 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 1600
  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 21 minutes. The time lapses were shot at several locations including Hereford Eardisley Hergest Ridge, Kington British Camp, Malvern Hills Grwyn Fawr Reservoir, Brecon Beacons National Park Nidd Gorge, Harrogate Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire Fewston Reservoir, North Yorkshire Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales Thornwick Bay, Yorkshire Coast The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-aIRT5jTvQ&t=146s
  16. Last week I went to a place called Thornwick Bay in Flamborough on the East Yorkshire Coast to shoot some time lapse and star trails. It wasn't the perfect night for it although the sky was clear as the moon was quite bright and high in the sky for the whole night. I set up two cameras, my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens to do a Holy Grail Time lapse and my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens to do an ordinary time lapse and some star trails. I set both tripods up about 15 yards further in than the tide would go (worked out by deposited seaweed on the shore). I had a few people who showed interest and asked about what I was doing and there was also a couple of families out of camera shot on the right of the beach having a BBQ, they packed up just as the sun was sinking behind the cliff tops when it got quite chilly. Due to the moon being quite bright I had to use a much lower ISO than normal and even with this it looked as though the beach was bathed in sunlight even though it was midnight. Out of all the data I have done a selfie, a star trail image an animated star trail video, a normal time lapse and a holy grail time lapse so I still managed to get a fair bit done in the 4 hours of darkness. I have incorporated all this in the video clip below which can be seen in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEqUYNyVVmg
  17. On Tuesday of this week I spent the whole night up by Gayle Beck Lodge near Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales shooting some time lapse clips and single shot frames. The lodge is an old ruined hunting lodge which sadly has fallen into a very dilapidated condition, but it has a history behind it which can be found by entering it on Google. While I was there (from 3:30pm Tuesday to 8am Wednesday) I shot a "Holy Grail" time lapse with my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens and my Timelapse+ view. Over 2,000 images were taken with exposures ranging from 1/6400 second at f1.4 and ISO 100 to 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 1250, while doing this a motorised pan and tilt head was moving the camera. With my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens I shot some static time lapses, selfies and just to be a bit different I was experimenting with a lens ball! (this can be seen in the clip below). Exposures for these were all 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 6400. The only downside to the trip was that I didn't realise just how many cars use that road and there are quite a few headlight flashes but it just adds to what I experienced during the night. I will be having another go with the lens ball but hopefully away from so much traffic The full video which includes all the clips plus some still frames can be seen at the following link, it is in HD and 4K and does look better on a larger screen Best wishes Gordon
  18. I stayed all night, I had a bed roll on a ground sheet underneath the one arch which is where I lay on and dozed while the cameras were shooting. I wear a down suit to stay warm Best wishes Gordon
  19. "A night under the arches" I went back to Ribblehead Viaduct last night to shoot some time lapse, animated star trails and some slightly different views of the viaduct, I didn't attempt any Holy Grail time lapse as I only had time to be there for the hours of darkness. It was clouded over and very windy when I got there but an hour later the skies started to clear and it stayed that way for the night. Apart from the noise the odd train, the wind and the continual dripping noise from a drainpipe on one of the arches it was very peaceful, it's one of my favourite places to go at the moment. I took my Sony A7iii and A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye and 24mm f1.4 lenses. In all I took about 2,000 images from which I made 4 time lapse clips and 4 animated star trails as well as the single frame and 5 frame panorama images below. The exposure times were 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 6400 for the A7Sii and 12mm lens and 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 4000 for the A7iii and 24mm f1.4 lens. The moon rose at about 2am and created some wonderful lighting effects in two of the clips making it look almost like daylight with the long exposures. All the puddles started freezing over in the early hours but thanks to my down suit I was nice and warm, the biggest problem I had was stopping my ground sheet and bed roll from blowing away, after the third retrieval I weighted it down with my hiking trailer and spare tripod. The images were processed in Adobe Lightroom and rendered to video in Premier Pro while the animated star trails were created using Starstax and Premier Pro. The time lapse video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K. I used a wireless intervalometer to take the "selfies" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3qFFRhLcIY&t=5s Best wishes Gordon
  20. Definitely not! I had one go at fishing many years ago and was bored to tears, I would much rather watch paint dry...…….or sit about all night waiting for a time lapse to finish?
  21. Hi Paul I'm using gear from Dynamic Perception which can be used altogether as a slider with pan/tilt head or you can use just the slider or just the pan/tilt head. Cable management is always a potential problem, luckily Dynamic Perception provide velcro fastening straps which can be used to keep all the cables out of the way. My slider can also be used on a slant or even vertically if needed. It isn't cheap but it is a quality product and works seamlessly with the intervalometer for Holy Grail time lapses Best wishes Gordon
  22. Hi Paul I use a dew heater strap and 26,000maH battery that I got off Amazon, one battery is enough to keep the strap going all night. I have one strap for each lens and four of the batteries as I use two of the batteries to help keep the cameras going as well Best wishes Gordon
  23. I spent yesterday afternoon and all night at Fewston Reservoir in North Yorkshire shooting a Holy Grail time lapse, some star time lapse and star trail images. I used my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens and Dynamic Perception slider gear with my Timelapse+ view intervalometer for the Holy Grail time lapse and my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens for the other work. The drone footage was shot with my Mavic Air. It was quite cold and within a few hours there was a thick layer of frost on my bags and the slider rails had ice on them by the morning but it carried on working ok. Altogether I took over 3,500 images with exposures ranging from 1/8000 second at f1.4 and ISO 100 to 30 seconds at f2.8 at ISO 6400. A friend of mine Simon Bennett mentioned about Comet 46P being in the sky and I didn't think I would catch it with a fisheye lens, but if you check very carefully in the third clip where Orion is already in the sky there is a very faint smudge in exactly the spot where Simon showed me so it looks like I managed to catch it, it is very faint though so it is difficult to see. I carried all my gear in my Benpacker hiking trailer. I processed all the data using a combination of Lightroom, Premier Pro, Photoshop and Starstax. The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K, as I've only just uploaded it the 4K version may not be available yet but it will later on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBAb5-dTD4&feature=youtu.be
  24. I spent the night at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire shooting another "Holy Grail" time lapse (day to night to day). Although it is a lovely area to shoot from scenery wise, it wasn't as dark as I was hoping and there was a fair bit of light pollution from Harrogate and the skies were a bit milky so the milky way didn't show that well, to top it all I accidentally tripped over one of the tripod legs when I was checking on batteries so there is a jolt in the time lapse. I've also included a couple of stills taken with my Fuji GFX50S and some drone footage from the morning taken with my Mavic Air. I used my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens on a Dynamic Perception slider and Pan and tilt head. In all I took about 2,200 images for the time lapse. The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zwrkua_AfM
  25. Yes, I suspect it is, it's not visible to the naked eye though, but i feel it adds something to the overall atmosphere of the image
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